rush400pix Phil Gallo of Billboard reports:

The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles in more than two decades may as well have been subtitled “A Night to Celebrate Rush” as the Canadian trio’s fans packed the Nokia Theater to the rafters and made their presence known.

They booed Hall chairman Jann Wenner, undoubtedly for keeping Rush out of the hall for years on end, heckled Quincy Jones and Flavor Flav during their lengthy speeches and filled any second of dead air with shouts of “Rush” and “Geddy.”

In introducing Rush, Grohl praised Rush’s Neil Peart as “the most ripping drummer in the world,” but also wondered aloud about “the most infamous band photo” ever — the trio in kimonos and skintight pants.

“We’ve been saying for a long time this isn’t a big deal,” said Peart, who usually avoids any media attention. “Turns out it is.”

Over the applause and cheers, Grohl noted they have a “fan based rivaled only by the Grateful Dead” and Lee thanked the fans before Lifeson launched into his “blah blah blah” speech that will surely become a YouTube favorite down the road.

HBO will air the ceremony on May 18th.

Rush songs played at the ceremony:

2112-with Foo Fighters
Tom Sawyer
Permanent Wave

Read more at Billboard.



22 Responses

  1. I so agree with Ryan and Don about the Dave Grohl thing, and isn’t it ironic that this is the guy from Nirvana that had no problem trying to destroy hard rock and metal music 20 years ago. I mean I don’t think any of those guys saw them being the game changer, as they were. I just find it interesting that it seemed like Grohl wanted nothing to do with this kind of music, never really indicated any kind of influence or interest in it back then, especially at a time when it would’ve helped hard rock and metal stay relevant in the mainstream. Now that hard rock and metal is back, funny you don’t hear Grohl talking much about grunge or his old band anymore, as if it never happened. Today this guy is the spokesman for hard rock/metal music and seems to have his hands in everything to do with it in one form or another. The next thing you’ll see a statue erected for this guy outside the Hall of Fame where only someone like Jimmy Page belongs. In the grand scheme of things Grohl comes across as an overrated, pretentious poser. All he’s missing now is his own reality show because it’s all about jumping on bandwagons with him.

    1. Not that I hadn’t noticed it before, but I have to give credit to the man whose name is on this website, Nic. Once I heard Eddie rant a few times about this in a respectful manner towards Dave, it made me realize just how much this dude is carted out for everything and he needs to be put out to pasture for some of these awards shows and Hall of Fame things.

    2. Guys buy the probot record. Dave LOVES metal. Nirvana was Nirvana. Radio, MTV, and record buyers destroyed metal not Nirvana. The industry spends billions on the Seattle sound because people wanted to hear it. Dave does get called to do a lot of things. I agree with that. But if you do your homework you will find he started out playing metal and punk. There is an interview out there where he talks about how nervous he was at the induction ceremony because RUSH was so important to him. Seriously before you use the fact that Dave was in Nirvana to say he hated metal go buy PROBOT!

  2. Hall is a joke anyway. What does Rap have to do with Rock ? They seem obsessed with don’t sing/don’t play an instrument inductees from that crap. But Deep Purple, Blue Öyster Cult and numerous others NOT in already.

    Rock Hall of Fame needs to get real and contact reality.

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