Last week, I was checking out the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website for some information about last year's 25th anniversary concerts (which were amazing, by the way - if you have a chance to check out the DVDs, please do it. There were some amazing performances, and you can watch a bunch of them on YouTube, too). Anyway, while I was there, I saw that they have listed this year's nominees. Inductees will be announced "in the coming weeks," according to the site, but here's the list of those nominated:
J. Geils Band
LL Cool J
The norm of how many make it in each year seems to have grown in the past few years, with a whopping 11 inductees last year (one of which was not the Red Hot Chili Peppers, much to my chagrin, and I'm sorry, but if Bon Jovi gets into the Hall of Fame before RHCP, something is tragically wrong with the universe). I confess to not knowing who a couple of these artists were when I first saw the list, and even on learning a little more about them all, I'm still unsure what a couple of them doing on the list. But I confess to having not listened to all of their music as of the time of this writing, or even to have listened very objectively to the couple of tracks I did check out. Either way, that's the case every year for me when I see the nominees list, but such is life. That's why I'm not on the Hall of Fame board, I guess.
If I'm being honest, I don't think the Beasties and LL will go in the same year. I'd love to see it, but I think the Beasties make it in first. I predict Dr. John and Tom Waits both being inducted this year. I'm sort of surprised that Neil Diamond's not in yet, so I pick him, too. But after that, it's anyone guess - Chic? Donna Summer? J.Geils? Alice Cooper? I like all of their chances. Ditto for Joe Tex and Donovan. I hate to sound like a hater, but I give Bon Jovi a big thumbs down. Sorry New Jersey.
So what do you think, dear readers, who will make the final cut?