For many years the duo of Daryl Hall & John Oates was considered one of the most glaring omissions from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Fans, including syndicated TV host Rachael Ray, have lobbied hard for the two for more than a decade, and they'll finally get their wish tonight when Hall & Oates is part of the 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Oates tells us that he and Hall were well aware of the slight but tried to never focus on it too much:
"Yeah, we've spoken about it. We're both kind of the same way; it's been a long time where we haven't been in the picture and we haven't been considered, and so we didn't dwell on it...I felt that the Rock Hall, the powers that be, had a point of view, and I believe that we didn't fit into that point of view and it didn't bother me because if that's how it is, that's how it is. It's like saying you want to play golf at this really exclusive country club, but you don't make it; you don't wear the right suit, you don't work at the right law firm or whatever. Everybody has rules and regulations. If that was the way it was, that's the way it was...I'm a very pragmatic person. I only focus on things I actually can have an effect on."
Hall & Oates will be inducted alongside KISS, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, the late Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager-producer Andrew Loog Oldham. The ceremony will be filmed by HBO for broadcast in May.