One of Canada's most iconic bands - Rush - has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. It's the first time Rush has been nominated, and they're up against some stiff competition.
Deep Purple, Public Enemy and N.W.A. are also first-time nominees. Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Procul Harum and Donna Summer are also among those nominated.
In all, 15 artists are part of this year's nominee class. You can see all of them (and their music) in this video.
A group of 600 artists, music historians and industry members will pick the final inductees for 2013.
Today in a statement, Joel Peresman - the president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation - said "The definition of 'rock and roll' means different things to different people, but as broad as the classifications may be, they all share a common love of the music."
If Rush makes it, they will be honoured along with the other inductees on April 18 in Los Angeles.
Rush's career has spanned more than 40 years. And their achievements rank up there with the biggest bands of all time...
- 24 Gold, 14 Platinum, 3 Multi-Platinum records
- member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame
- more than 40 million records sold worldwide
- eight Juno awards and seven Grammy nominations
George has interviewed the guys from 'Rush' a few different times. Here's one with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.
And here's a special segment with Neil Peart who takes us through Rush's legendary 'Moving Pictures' album 'Track By Track.'
Of course, Neil is considered one of the greatest drummers in rock history. In this clip, he talks about how his relationship with drumming has changed over the years.
You can see the full interview here. At the 15:15 mark, George asks Neil about not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
As well, documentary filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFayden of Banger Films made a doc about the band called 'Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage.' It was nominated for a Grammy and won the Audience Award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Here's the trailer.
And don't forget, each week on CBC Radio 2, George keeps the spirit of radio alive with 'The Strombo Show'. Catch it live on Sunday nights at 8 to 11PM.