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2112 Comes Early: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Welcomes Rush, Public Enemy, And More Tonight
April 18, 2013
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is inducting some more greats at a ceremony tonight in Los Angeles. Among the bands being honoured (finally) are Canadian icons Rush.

A lot of the band's fans are excited that the prog rock legends are finally getting recognized.

And so is one of the Hall's assistant curators, Meredith Rutledge-Borger.

"The normal barrage of e-mails and calls from Rush fans complaining that the band was overlooked was gone," Rutledge-Borger told the Detroit Free Press. "I don't know what I'll do now with all my spare time."

Lead singer Geddy Lee says he's pleased about the induction, but he also wants to see some other bands get the nod:

"I'm relieved for our fans, who took it personally each time we were overlooked," he says. "But I also hope this means other great bands like Yes will follow suit. Deep Purple was on the ballot this year, and I was hoping they'd get in with us. We wouldn't be the band we are without Deep Purple's existence."

This year's inductees come from all over the musical map: Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman, the late Albert King and the late Donna Summer are all being recognized, as well as producer Lou Adler (the man behind 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show') and the great Quincy Jones.

Here's a breakdown of all the acts and individuals making it in this year:



They're one of the greatest prog rock acts of all time, and an essential part of the Canadian musical landscape.

In fact, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are the only rock bands with more consecutive gold or platinum studio albums.

Neil Peart dropped by the show a couple seasons back, and while he was here he shared a complete track-by-track rundown of their seminal record 'Moving Pictures'. Check that out below:

Public Enemy


With their innovative soundscapes and their politically charged rhymes, Public Enemy changed not just hip-hop and rap but music itself, forging a whole new sound and style.

From Terminator X's groundbreaking scratching tricks to the social consciousness of Chuck D's verses, the music was challenging - but it also connected with a huge audience, as they sold records around the world. The group continues to perform today.



Although they're an American band, Heart first found success a little further north: they recorded their first album and found commercial success while they were living and playing in Vancouver.

Now, Heart is a worldwide phenomenon: they've sold more than 30 million records over the course of their career.

Donna Summer


She was a disco legend. Donna Summer passed away last May, but she left behind a legacy of hits that made her the undisputed queen of the disco era.

And her influence went beyond disco: Giorgio Moroder described Summer's work on the track 'I Feel Love' as "really the start of electronic dance" music.

Randy Newman


There's no one quite like Randy Newman: his distinctive voice and spot-on sardonic and satirical pop songs have earned him twenty Academy Award nominations (and two wins), three Emmys, six Grammys, and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy.

He's been a professional songwriter since the age of 17, and he's still going strong: he won his last Oscar in 2011 for 'We Belong Together' from 'Toy Story 3'.

Lou Adler


Lou Adler is receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers who contributed to the music industry, alongside Quincy Jones. And Lou has definitely made his mark on music: he produced Carole King's album 'Tapestry', and the film version of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'.

Back in the 60s, he also helped produce the Monterey International Pop Festival. And that's not all: this may not technically be part of the reason for his induction, but the man directed 'Up In Smoke' with Cheech & Chong. That should get you in by itself.

Quincy Jones


Here's something you might not know about Quincy: his middle name is "Delight." Seriously. And it suits him: his production, composition and arrangement on countless tracks have left their mark on ears all over the world.

Nowhere is that more evident than on Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', which Quincy produced. It sounds as incredible today as it did when it was released - and it's still the best-selling album of all time.

Albert King


He was one of the "Three Kings of the Blues Guitar," along with B.B. King and Freddie King. Albert passed away in December, 1992, but over the course of his career, he was a major influence on the way people played blues guitar.

His best-known track is 'Born Under a Bad Sign' from the album of the same name - you know it's a big tune because both Jimi Hendrix and Homer Simpson have covered it.


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