I guess this is some sort of tacit admission that the Hall of Fame is no longer reserved for Jann Wenner’s buddies. The Hall has put in fan voting, and Rush is finally nominated.
The case for Rush: Nearly 40 years of strong-selling albums and tours, and an undeniable influence on a couple of generations of musicians. Guitarists grow up playing Rush riffs. Drummers dissect every Neil Peart move. Bass players wish they could be Geddy Lee.
The case against: Some people don’t like them. So be it.
So I voted for Rush, Heart (longevity, influence, barrier-breaking), Public Enemy (ditto) and Randy Newman (unique, ubiquitous).
Current leaders: Rush, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhawks, Albert King, Public Enemy.
Does that mean Rush is still getting the Colbert bump?