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Rush, Public Enemy and Heart to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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It’s events like this that make any fan of music either glad they live in Los Angeles, or wish they lived in Los Angeles.  On April 18th of this year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum will induct Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, as well as 3 other honorees, famous song writer Randy Newman, the late Donna Summer, and Albert King into the hall of fame.

The decision to finally induct Rush, the Canadian progressive-rock power trio into the hall puts Rush fans at peace as many believed they should have been inducted a long time ago.  Since the release of their debut album “2112” in 1976, Rush has been one of the few bands to release nothing but gold and platinum albums.

Public Enemy’s induction into the hall may mark a turning point of sorts for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as N.W.A. was also nominated this year but not selected by voters. Public Enemy is a seminal rap group well known for their politically charged lyrics and hits.

Heart, has who has been eligible to join the ranks for more than a decade finally made the cut this year.  Lead singer Ann Wilson said “I wasn’t quite sure this was real when I got the news.” Heart’s mix of hard rock riffs and lush harmonies helped them emerge with one of the most original sounds of the 1970’s.

Acts that did not make the final cut this year included: Procol Harum, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, the Meters, the Marvelettes and Joan Jett and the Black Hearts.

It’s sure to be a star studded night with Foo Fighter’s front man Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins inducting Rush.  Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will salute Donna Summer and John Mayer will perform in honor of Albert King with Gary Clark Jr. to induct the late bluesman.  Tickets to the show went on sale on February 1st (so they’re probably sold out by now, but you can still check here).  If you miss the show live, you can catch it on HBO on May 18th

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