Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead among first-time nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Rage Against The Machine and Radiohead are among the first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, part of a list of 19 potential candidates that was unveiled on Wednesday evening (October 4th). Other first-timers making the cut included Judas Priest, Kate Bush, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Radiohead and Rage Against The Machine are the only acts to appear on the ballot in their first year of eligibility.
Other artists up for induction in the Class of 2018 include Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, the Cars, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, the MC5, the Meters, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Link Wray and the Zombies. This marks the fifth chance for the J. Geils Band, the fourth for LL Cool J and the Meters, the third for the Cars, MC5 and the Zombies and the second for Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Rufus and Wray.
- The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted on April 14th at a ceremony in Cleveland. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.
- To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1992 or earlier.
- For the sixth consecutive year, the public will have the opportunity to vote alongside the more than 800 artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body.
- From now until December 5th, fans can vote on the Rock Hall’s site for the nominees they’d like to see inducted. The top five acts will comprise a “fan’s ballot” that will count as one of the ballots that determine the class of 2016.
- The induction ceremony this year could feature some reunions: Rage Against The Machine has not performed together since 2011, and it’s unknown whether reclusive frontman Zack de la Rocha would turn up for the event.
- Dire Straits has also not performed in more than two decades, while Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora left the group in 2013 under less than amicable circumstances.
- Last year’s Hall of Fame class included Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, Tupac Shakur, Joan Baez and Electric Light Orchestra.
SIDE NOTES: Keeping with a new tradition that began last year, the Hall of Fame has announced the individual members of each band that will be honored. The process caused controversy last year when just two of Pearl Jam’s five drummers were chosen and Dave Abbruzzese — who played with the band on two of its most popular albums, Vs. and Vitalogy — was left off the list.