Rush rules Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

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Rush rules Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

Postby JRNYMAN » Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:56 pm

Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY
6:39 a.m. EDT April 19, 2013

Surprise presenter Oprah Winfrey gave Quincy Jones a huge hug. Jack Nicholson, Herb Alpert and a tearful Michelle Phillips huddled at Lou Adler's table. Randy Newman got big laughs. And everyone rocked out to Public Enemy's raucous set.

But the night belonged to Rush, the Canadian prog-rock trio that's been waiting for an invitation since 1998.

They arrived as the headliner. The band drew deafening applause at Thursday's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the Nokia Theatre.

Rush's entry into the elite institution was also a people's choice award. For the first time, fans were invited to cast votes (with their votes constituting a single ballot among the 500-plus submitted by artists, historians and music industry professionals), and Rush won handily.

Their fans packed the house, chanting for their heroes from the evening's outset, then exploding into cheers when the band finally took the stage for a paint-peeling performance of Tom Sawyer and The Spirit of Radio.

Dave Grohl, who rattled off every Rush album title in chronological order, inducted the musicians, saying, "From day one, the band built its following the right way. No hype, no (baloney), they did it from the ground up without any help from the mainstream press…Their influence is undeniable and their devoted fan base is only rivaled by the Grateful Dead. Look at you people, all of you people, right here! And their legacy is that of a band that stayed true to themselves no matter how uncool they may have seemed to anyone."

Drummer Neil Peart said, "We've been saying for a long time, years, that this wasn't a big deal. Turns out, it kind of is."

And in a nod to the role ardent fans played in paving Rush's path to the hall, singer/bassist Geddy Lee thanked "the most passionate, incredible fan base around the globe …for not only supporting and encouraging our musical progress over the years, but for the insistence of their voices, which has most certainly led us to this evening."

The ceremony, in L.A. for the first time since Cream and The Doors were inducted in 1993, will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET/PT May 18 on HBO. ... y/2095627/
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