Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2011 inductees announced

Today it was announced that the 2011 inductees will include Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Alice Cooper Band, Dr. John and Darlene Love.

I am pleased to see Diamond finally get in since he was eligible in 1993 (the rule is 25 years after the debut album), but only recently nominated. The singer has been putting out some of the best work of his career with his last three efforts.

Many people will be overjoyed to see Waits honored, but I am not one of them. Never liked his voice. He is one of those I respect as a songwriter though.

Cooper is long deserving. He told Billboard magainze thet fact that KISS got nominated before he did was apalling. 

The less said about Dr. John and Love getting in now, the better (Little Steven Van Zandt must be celebrating; you can bet he and The Boss will probably be onstage with her, come March in NYC).

I would have preferred to see one of these acts on the final ballot get the honor in '11: Bon Jovi, Donna Summer, J. Geils Band.

Over the last few years, the hall has inducted a small amount of acts, which is ridiculous considering how many still haven't got in. In the early years of the hall, it was around a dozen. I wonder how long it will take for influential bands associated with new wave to get nominated (Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure immediately come to mind).     

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