ROCK HALL: Here's Your Class of 2020


TeeRoy's 2 Cents:

  • Once again the definition of rock and roll will be called into question with some of this year's elected artists.
  • Out of the Top 5 Fan Vote recipients, only the Doobies, who came in third, were elected. The others were the Dave Matthews Band (1), Pat Benatar (2), Soundgarden (4), and Judas Priest, nominated for a second time, at five.
  • The Dave Matthews Band received over a million votes, but this was their first nomination so it's safe to say they'll have their day. It was also Whitney Houston's first nomination.
  • Pat Benatar, also nominated for the first time, has long been overlooked and a source close to her camp tells us the selection and voting process is "beyond political."
  • This was the third nomination for Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.
  • It was the second nod for Todd Rundgren, who has made it clear he wants nothing to do with the Hall of Fame.
  • It was the fifth for Kraftwerk, fourth for the MC5, and third for Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Perhaps they need to reconsidered down the road.
  • Now the question remains, with so many of this year's elected artists being deceased, who will the show's producers turn to for tributes. A source close to the Hall tells us it will be "big."
  • Once again, for those keeping score, the elected artists who have croaked are Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., and three members of T. Rex, leaving only one surviving member.

The votes have been counted and the following have been elected for induction into theRock and Roll Hall of Fame:

  • The Doobie Brothers- two former elected members are deceased
  • Depeche Mode
  • Whitney Houston- deceased
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • The Notorious B.I.G.- deceased
  • T. Rex- three elected members are deceased

The Ahmet Ertegun Awardwill go to Jon Landau, the head of the Hall of Fame's nominating committee and Bruce Springsteen's manager. This award is "given to songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on Rock and Roll." Ahmet Ertegun is the late co-founder of Atlantic Records and chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Doobie Brothers finished third in the Fan Vote and were elected their first time on the ballot. We spoke with two of their members yesterday (Tuesday) -- founding singer and guitarist Tom Johnston, and Michael McDonald, who, in the mid-'70s, filled in for an ailing Johnston, and who'll be part of this year's 50th anniversary tour.

In addition to Johnston and McDonald, the other Doobies set for induction are:

  • Patrick Simmons
  • John McFee
  • Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter
  • John Hartman
  • Michael Hossack- deceased
  • Keith Knudsen- deceased
  • Tiran Porter

The 35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on May 2nd at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland and will be broadcast live, for first time, on HBO.

Tickets go on sale February 27th at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Here are the artists who were nominated, but failed to receive enough votes from members of the music industry, journalists and past inductees:

  • Pat Benatar
  • Judas Priest
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Motorhead
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Soundgarden
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • MC5
  • Kraftwerk
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Following the end of the Fan Vote last Friday, Pat Benatar and her guitarist, bandleader, collaborator and husbandNeil Giraldoposted: "Thank you from both of us for taking time out of your busy lives to vote 882,207 times! However this turns out, know that we are humbled and grateful for your love and support! You all continue to amaze us, you are simply the best."

TeeRoy's 2 Cents:

  • Once again the definition of rock and roll will be called into question with some of this year's elected artists.
  • Out of the Top 5 Fan Vote recipients, only the Doobies, who came in third, were elected. The others were the Dave Matthews Band (1), Pat Benatar (2), Soundgarden (4), and Judas Priest, nominated for a second time, at five.
  • The Dave Matthews Band received over a million votes, but this was their first nomination so it's safe to say they'll have their day. It was also Whitney Houston's first nomination.
  • Pat Benatar, also nominated for the first time, has long been overlooked and a source close to her camp tells us the selection and voting process is "beyond political."
  • This was the third nomination for Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails.
  • It was the second nod for Todd Rundgren, who has made it clear he wants nothing to do with the Hall of Fame.
  • It was the fifth for Kraftwerk, fourth for the MC5, and third for Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Perhaps they need to reconsidered down the road.
  • Now the question remains, with so many of this year's elected artists being deceased, who will the show's producers turn to for tributes. A source close to the Hall tells us it will be "big."
  • Once again, for those keeping score, the elected artists who have croaked are Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., and three members of T. Rex, leaving only one surviving member.

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