By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Being recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an honor for obvious reasons, but the guys of Rush are looking at their upcoming induction as more than that.
Bassist/singer Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson recently sat down for an interview with USA Today, and expressed their hope that their long awaited induction will open up Hall of Fame opportunities for other progressive-rock bands like them.
“I hope this means that other great bands like Yes will follow suit,” explained Lee. “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.”
Lifeson added that he’s hopeful Rush’s induction "opens the doors for bands like the Moody Blues and King Crimson.” He goes on to say of the Rock Hall, “It's a bit ironic, really. Rock music was born in rebellion, so it's odd to have (a Hall of Fame) where there seem to be guidelines for who's acceptable and who's not."
The Canadian rock trio has been famously snubbed in year’s past from the Hall of Fame, though Lee says the band is mostly glad to be awarded for the sake of their fans, “who took it personally each time [they] were overlooked.”
Rush, who’s set to be inducted by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, will join other inductees Heart, Public Enemy, Donna Summer, Albert King and Randy Newman for the April 18 ceremony at L.A.’s Nokia Theater.
For more on Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson’s interview with USA Today, click here, and head to Rush.com for further updates!