Well, it took more than a decade but one of Canada's most iconic bands - Rush - is finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On their website, the band wrote...
"We are honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 3 of us are especially appreciative of our loyal fans whose support and dedication has gone a long way to making this possible. P.S. And special thanks to our moms for voting 6000 times!" - Alex, Geddy, & Neil
Rush first became eligible for induction in 1998 but never even appeared on the ballot until this year.
In the eyes of the band's fans and many critics, it was a glaring omission. And really, it's hard to argue. Together, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have an amazing track record...
- 24 Gold, 14 Platinum, 3 Multi-Platinum records
- inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
- more than 40 million records sold worldwide
- eight Juno awards and seven Grammy nominations
In fact, as far as rock bands go, Rush has sold more gold or platinum studio albums in a row than any other band except for two: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Over the years, the guys have always said they didn't care if they got into the hall.
Today, in an interview with the Canadian Press, Alex Lifeson acknowledged that Rush's induction was "a long time coming" but he said "it doesn't change anybody's life at the end of the day... we're quite happy where we are and with what we've accomplished."
If anything, it's something the band wanted for their fans, so they "feel like their support has been worthy."
"It's hard to argue that Rush hasn't been influential in some way. We've been around for 44 years, we're still touring, we put out a new album that's arguably one of our best," Lifeson added.
"There's been such a controversy and so many strong feelings by fans who support our being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So I guess it was time."
Rolling Stone has posted an interview it did with Geddy Lee after he found out Rush would be inducted.
In it, Lee says "It's something that I had absolutely nothing to do with and had no control over, so I never thought much about it, to be frank. But I appreciated how much it meant to our fan base. It really did mean a lot to them."
"I'm not saying I'm not proud to be inducted, because that would be wrong. I think it's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling," he said.
"It also made my mom very happy, so that's worth it."
This honour comes after another strong year for Rush. Their latest album 'Clockwork Angels' topped the Canadian charts and was well-received by critics. Plus, they had another successful arena tour.
Rush will be officially inducted on April 18 after a ceremony in Los Angeles.
They'll be honoured along with this year's other inductees Public Enemy, Donna Summer, influential blues guitarist Albert King, Randy Newman and Heart.
George has interviewed the guys from Rush a few different times. Here's one with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
And don't forget, each week on CBC Radio 2, George keeps the spirit of radio alive with 'The Strombo Show' - live on Sunday nights from 8 to 11pm.