RUSH, HEART, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, blues legend Albert King, and rappers PUBLIC ENEMY are the 2013 inductees to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea announced the inductees yesterday (December 11) at L.A.'s Nokia Theater, which is where where the induction ceremony will be held on April 18. A truncated version of the evening's events will air on HBO on May 18. Producer/arranger and L.A. music scene powerhouse Lou Adler along with Quincy Jones will receive the prestigious Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Video footage of yesterday's announcement can be seen below.
Geddy Lee told Rolling Stone that he's happy that the fans that have wanted the honor for RUSH have finally achieved their goal. "It's a terrific honor and we'll show up smiling," he said. "It made my mom happy, so that's worth it. . . It was a cause they championed. I'm very relieved for them and we share this honor with them, for sure."
Among the band's that were shortlisted but failed to snag enough votes for induction were DEEP PURPLE, PROCOL HARUM, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, THE MARVELETTES, PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND, THE METERS, CHIC, KRAFTWERK and N.W.A.
Lee told The Pulse Of Radio that having a legion of fans following you is still a pretty heady experience. "It's a tremendous compliment to be told that you've inspired someone or influenced someone musically, or in any aspect of life — and beyond that, y'know, you really don't know what to say," he said. "Y'know, it's a nice thing, and it makes you feel like whatever you're doing has a little more validity, I guess."