Now that Rush is in rock's hall of fame, which '80s act should be next?
Really, was there any doubt that Rush was going to be picked for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from its 2013 class of nominees? Seriously now. Do you think that Jann Wenner and his lackeys would go to all the trouble to tease Rush fans and then not induct the Holy Trinity of Prog Rock? (Ummm, I did. A little.)
Rush will join blues guitarist Albert King, disco queen Donna Summer, the rocking sisters of Heart, hip-hop artists Public Enemy and singer-songwriter Randy Newman as the hall's newest members this spring. And while Rush and Heart are definitely two acts that have been snubbed for FAR too many years, it just opens up this conversation:
Which acts of our decade should be nominated (and more importantly, inducted!) next? Here are the top three on my list...
DURAN DURAN: I'm a little shocked they weren't nominated last year, when they made such a nice comeback with the album All You Need is Now. the timing seemed perfect, and surely their credentials aren't in question.
JOURNEY: How many times must Don't Stop Believin' achieve the status of ultimate Americana anthem before the rock hall opens its doors? Granted, the band isn't as likeable without Steve Perry handling the vocals -- getting engaged to a Real Housewife was a bad move, Neal -- but Journey's renaissance under new lead singer Arnel Pineda is practically a fairytale.
STYX: Definitely deserve it, but they'd help themselves by inviting Dennis DeYoung back into the mix.
Who else deserves the nod?