Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Rock Hall Secrecy Highlighted

Posted By on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM


“Old rock ’n’ rollers don’t fade away. They just hope for a nod from Cleveland.”

That’s how New York Times writer Janet Morrissey started Saturday’s nicely done Rock Hall piece. And we appreciate the recognition going to the city, not just the museum we happen to have here.

Votes for the 2012 Rock Hall inductees are being counted and the pool of 15 nominees will be whittled to five winners — to be announced Wednesday.

But the article is more than just that. It dives into the wheelings, dealings, lobbying, shenanigans, and claims of bias that go on behind the scenes with agents and labels desperate to get their band in. A successful effort brings financial reincarnation to inductees and all the people who make money when the band makes money.

There are a couple juicy rumors too.

Most notably: Axl Rose and Slash might reunite for the April induction ceremony if Guns N’ Roses are picked.

Much is also made of the veil of secrecy that surrounds the proceedings and how no one can crack it. Alice Cooper, who finally gained a Rock Hall spot this year after 16 failed nominations says:

“I used to think that when you got in, you’d understand how it worked, and how you get nominated — there would be a secret handshake, and there’d be a dossier about Area 51 and the president’s assassination.”

Turns out there is no secret handshake and we’re pretty sure Mr. Cooper compiled inside info on Area 51 decades ago—on his own.

It’s worth a read; just ignore the sentence where someone tries to include Bon Jovi in the hard rock category.

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 23, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.