Who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Tomorrow at 11:20, NPR’s Ann Powers and The Current’s Mark Wheat join Kerri to talk about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 2013 inductees will be chosen in the next few weeks from the nominees announced in October.


(Singer Donna Summer performs during the David Foster and Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 15, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Kerri wants to discuss the prestige the Hall of Fame confers. Do you think it is important for music, musicians, and fans?

  • DNA

    It’s surprising to hear that the Moody Blues aren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their music has consoled, inspired and given hope and joy to generations of millions around the world. What criteria does Stephanie Curtis have for not allowing them in? Has she not heard their first 15 albums???

  • Stephanie

    I could have been scarred by their comeback music from the 80s but I also just don’t like prog rock.

    Kerri loves them though! Although my tech director and producer in the studio were on my side.

  • David Michaels

    I’m surprised Heart and Rush aren’t in already. Where is Kiss and Def Leppard? An oldies group deserving of the honor is Jan & Dean.

  • Matt

    Not related to this, but why was there no blog to post to for the climate change conversation?

    I have no facebook account and refuse to for privacy reasons – and I don’t tweet because cell phone access here is very poor.

    I think the generic blog option is the most neutral way to solicit comments because it does not rely on a proprietary technology.

    Please bring this back.

  • Stephanie


    You can always use the Send Us a Question button. It’s live when we take calls.

    I totally understand about Facebook.


  • Patrick Basile

    How about J.J. Cale??

  • Deb
  • Louis

    Emerson, Lake and Palmer

  • Kevin

    Two words: Iron Maiden.

  • Carol in Mpls

    Where is LInda Ronstadt? Stunning vocalist, many genres. Saw her in concert at Orchestra Hall a couple of years ago and she’s still got it!

  • Paul

    The Replacements (the Godfathers of Grunge) should be in there because of their influence. At least shouldn’t they be in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame?

  • Lesley

    Laugh at Ann’s shout out to Neil Diamond — but he’s been this 30-year-old’s dirty little rock lover’s secret for more than a decade. Love my Diamond albums! =)

  • Joe

    How about some of the great bands from the 80’s that influenced the indie rock movement of the 90’s/2000’s like Minneapolis’s own Replacements or Manchester’s New order.

  • Terry

    I cant believe that Captain Beefheart has never been nominated. And BTW, as long as Mark is there. The Current needs to play more Beefheart.

  • Christian McGuire

    I am a prog-rocker and never understood the “pompous anti-intellectual”attitude of those who liked Dylan or Nirvana. It wasn’t until I read their lyrics that I began to understand why some people liked them. – But That is more about their LITERATURE than their music itself. That said, there is a certain arrogance found in those who shun prog, fusion, classical etc. As if we aren’t rocking out.

    Remember Buddy Holly was a “prog-rocker. Pet Sounds and Rubber Soul are prog-rock Albums. So give respect to the MUSICIANS for once.

    There tend to be two types of fans: Those who cater to Fans and those who cater to Musicians. It is about time Rush and Deep Purple are recognized for their contributions for everyone who has ever wanted to PLAY in a band. I cut my teeth learning Beatles, Rush, Kiss and King Crimson BS&T, ELP tunes. It made me a better musician who can fill in on just about any band setting.

  • Mark

    How much does the Hall of Fame nominate people based on the “quality” of their music versus just being around for a long time or high sales?

  • Paul

    I asked a teenager who are the good new rock bands, he said; “Rock? Nobody listens to that.”

  • Sarah

    Def Leppard, Supertramp..LOVE Chicago, too

  • Jeff

    I might be pushing the rock category, but a great enduring soul/funk band is TOP – Tower of Power.

    40+ years of original tunes with driving horns, great rhythm section, excellent vocals.

  • Joey

    How about T. Rex? The kings of Glam Rock should be in. Marc Bolan is one of the greatest frontmen ever!

  • Taylor

    Joan Jett and Heart have influenced decades of women rockers!

  • Stephanie


    Mark Wheat and I concur. I am shocked they aren’t in there already. Bolan!

  • Doug

    How about Jethro Tull? Ian Anderson’s flute alone should push them in. Unique, influential, and stll making music. Come on.

  • Stephanie


    I agree. Heart Like a Wheel is a classic. Love her version of Little Feat’s Willin’.

  • Jay

    John Prine

  • Cheryl

    What about Annie Lennox? Is she already in? She is absolutely fabulous!!

  • Steve

    Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders?

  • Yasameen

    Love love love Ms. Bonnie Raitt

  • Michelle

    What about Pat Benatar? Is she in there? Another stunning vocalist, and I think the precursor to a lot of the singers we see today (Pink, Christina Aguilera, etc.). Salt-n-Pepa is another deserving group, especially for their influence on women in rap and R&B.

    And it makes me physically sick that Stevie Ray Vaughan isn’t in there or up for consideration. True genius and an unbelievable catalog of work in the brief time he was with us.

  • Rich

    Mark Knopfler? Dire Straits?

  • Brian

    Poco,.seminal country-rock band that the Eagles seemed to use as a farm-team, and Jim Messina of Loggins and Messina came out of.

    And then, of course, Spinal Tap. Redefined how I looked rock acts.

  • Tony

    What does “Rock & Roll” mean? Over the years the term “Rock & Roll” has been expanded to include pop, punk, blues, disco, metal, hip-hop, … almost everything except jazz and classical. “Rock & Roll” is now synonymous with “popular music”. If we can’t even agree on the definition of “Rock & Roll”, then we won’t agree on who should be inducted.

  • Ken

    Of course Rush would attend the induction ceremony because that’s how Canadians behave. But I think for the band it’s more important for their fans than it is for them. Love or hate Rush but how many other bands can you name that can tick off all of the following points: 1) #3 in worldwide gold and platinum record sales behind the Beatles and the Stones 2) been together nearly 40 years 3) consistently release new records/create new material (just put out their 20th studio album) 4) Still tour consistently and sell out shows and still play 3 HOUR SHOWS 5) Same band – same 3 guys and they’re still friends 6) They have had a “monster career” and have influenced so many other musicians/bands. Whether Rush ever gets in it’s a win-win for them: Either they get in and gain the related attention or they don’t get in and continue to gain attention for not getting in.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    Heart and Donna Summer. A no-brainer.

  • reidmc

    There are a few influential artists on this ballot (Butterfield Blues, Meters, Kraftwerk and more) but only two exceptional artists: Randy Newman and Public Enemy.

    Of course the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dave Clark Five are in, so I suppose you could justify inducting just about anybody.

  • The Cars are so deserving to be in the RRHOF. Thirty-five years after the debut album and the Candy-O follow up, there are TV commercials with songs from both albums that air TODAY. Advertisers wouldn’t use them if they didn’t appeal! I think their unique sound is timeless and is still appreciated by both new and classic fans!

  • Terry hit the nail on the head — CAPTAIN BEEFHEART!! He was amazingly talented and quite an influence on other musicians. I’m also shocked by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s not being in the RnRHoF…can’t understand this. Some of the induction committee’s decisions haven’t made a lot of sense to me at all…but then sometimes, like with the Class of 1995, they get it so right it’s mind-blowing! That year: Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Al Green, Martha & the Vandellas, and the Allman Brothers. Far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get any better than that and the RRHoF won’t ever top that group, no matter what. IMHO 🙂

  • Tom

    I could not agree with Deb and Kurt more. The Cars should have been inducted many many moons ago. I believe they had not only awesome music but at the height of the MTV years, their videos were tops !!!

  • Ken

    In 90 seconds Jim Ladd explains perfectly why Rush are R&RHOF timber:


  • DNA

    I’d like to invite Kerri if and when the Moody Blues come to play for my birthday 🙂

  • Wade

    Rush, yes. Should have been 1st ballot, IMO. What other trio should be in? The best band no one has heard of. King’s X. The musician’s band.

    Beefheart, of course. Music for people who listen to thing other than music.

  • Joey

    The Smiths?? I think My Bloody Valentine are eligible, too (depending on what we call their “first album”). Next year the Pixies and Nirvana will be eligible. Will they also be looked over? And more to the point, does induction have anything to do with a band’s musical influence, or is it just a popularity contest and a way to sell more records? With the Smiths absent, I’m really inclined to say it’s the latter. And with that in mind, I don’t think we should pay attention anymore.

  • vikki

    The Cars.They meet the criteria,and They were an integral part of music history. Let the Goodtimes Rock & Roll the Hall of Fame!

  • James Fazio

    No reason to go on and on..It’s a shame that the only true talent in this bunch is DONNA SUMMER. With all the great musicians dying today I hate to see who they nominate in the future. Elton John said it the best..Compared to DONNA, it’s been nothing but second rate talent in H.O.F. Good Luck Donna….You are sadely missed…Thak you for leaving a musical library that will last forever……