Five Classic Rock Artists That Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The 2015 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced earlier today (Oct. 9th) and, while it's great that artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joan Jett will have the chance to get in, I can't help but notice a few artists that are still missing.
While there are countless great acts that deserve recognition, it's really tough for me to understand why certain acts keep getting passed over. Hell, they're not even getting nominated!
So, here's my list of five classic rockers that belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in no particular order.
Deep Purple has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1993 and they're still not in. How is that even possible? With names like Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, and Glenn Hughes filling out the ranks of Deep Purple, there's absolutely no reason why they shouldn't be inducted.
Eligible since 2002, Cheap Trick deserves a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame based on their live show alone. There weren't many bands that attracted an audience like Cheap Trick did in their hay day. Add to that the fact that they've influenced countless rock bands since their debut and it's hard to argue against inducting them.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a band NOT in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a more loyal following than Iron Maiden. For years, they've sold out arenas and had records that top the charts, yet they still don't have a spot in the Rock Hall. If there's any metal band that deserves a spot, it's probably Iron Maiden.
While they may not exactly be my cup of tea, it's hard to deny Journey's influence on popular culture. To this day, it's pretty difficult to go 24 hours without hearing at least a snippet of a Journey song, whether it be in a commercial, a movie, or someone belting it out in a karaoke bar. Journey is as popular today as they were at their peak and that's saying something.
Call me a homer, but I can't imagine a world where MC5 isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hailing from Detroit, the MC5 is one of those band's that truly wanted to create a revolution. Hell, founding member Wayne Kramer is STILL out on the road trying to start a revolution. With The Stooges officially in, one would think that the MC5 should be in, as well.