For those of you who missed THE ASYLUM this past week or haven’t heard through the grapevine, the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame has truly earned the name Hall Of SHAME with their latest choice for induction. It came out late Tuesday that KISS, who has been eligible for 10 years, was denied induction in favor of ABBA. This has got everyone from the die-hard rock and metal fans to the casual music fan scratching their heads and wondering what the hell is going on.
The big problem here is a bunch of people with a “we know better” attitude are cashing in on the name Rock N Roll. They are using that name as a general melting pot for EVERYTHING in the music industry and that’s where they earn the use of SHAME instead of Fame because the whole thing is a big joke. The fact that The Beatles are in a building alongside Madonna under the name of Rock N Roll has had me beyond words for some time because we all know the closest Madonna has gotten to Rock N Roll was having sex in the backseat of a moving vehicle.
Now if they building was called the American Museum of Music then many of us would have no problem whatsoever with a mash up of all genres under one roof. A general name would make it easier to hear that Run-DMC or LL Cool J were going to be honored over a well established legendary rock band. But there’s no marketing in a generalized name so they continue to make a mockery of the name Rock N Roll by adding ABBA; a disco group from the 70s. HELLO INDUCTION COMITTEE but there were fights in the streets during the 70s between fans of rock and fans of disco and inducting a DISCO group into a building the says ROCK N ROLL over it’s front doors is not only a slap in the face to the genre and all the bands in the rock and metal world but it’s a kick in the face to their fans as well. Especially when disco DIED as soon as the 80s started.
I was recently reading through some thoughts Eddie Trunk had regarding this situation and the big thing that he’s hearing is that most people figured ABBA got chosen for induction because a lot of the great rock and metal bands are already inducted. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. Here is a little list of rock and metal bands who are eligible but NOT in:
- Bon Jovi
- Judas Priest
- Thin Lizzy
- Iron Maiden
- Alice Cooper
- Def Leppard
That’s just a few of the MAJOR rock and metal bands that are NOT in the H.O.F. and not even nominated for induction, except for KISS whose nomination this year was as successful to getting them inducted as not being on the ballot at all.
The H.O.F. made a big stink over opening an Annex here in the NY Area earlier this year only to announce earlier this month that said Annex wasn’t working out financial and was being closed. And this was a surprise? Despite how much NY radio and MTV try to get the world to think that NY is a rap and hip-hop city the truth is NY is a rock and metal city to its core. Whenever a rock or metal band play a venue here it SELLS OUT and does so quickly. When Metallica announced earlier this year they’d play Madison Square Garden it sold out so fast they added a second date. Iron Maiden consistently sells out Madison Square Garden everytime it’s on their tour schedule so it was no surprise to me that the H.O.F. Annex was ignored by the NY people as we know how much of a sham it is.
WE AS FANS need to let these idiots ruining to name of Rock N Roll know that, as Twisted Sister sang; “We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore!” I urge all fans of rock and metal to boycott EVERYTHING about the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame and to start bothering them to no end. We should all call and e-mail them and tell them how disgusted we are and that they need to either change the name to something general or start putting in the rock and metal bands and artists that belong in there and kicking out the pop and rap and hip-hop so that it can be known as the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame instead of its current Rock N Roll Hall Of SHAME.