The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland recently announced the members of their next class:
- Joan Baez
- Electric Light Orchestra
- Pearl Jam
- Tupac Shakur
While all are worthy of recognition (some more than others) not all of them scream “Rock and Roll”. Tupac is rap/hip-hop. And Joan is a folk legend. There’s no KISS or Led Zeppelin in the Country Music Hall of Fame. And there should only be rock artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Similarly, should there ever be a formal Heavy Metal Hall of Fame here are my choices for that Hall (HINT: Michael Jackson would never make the list):
YEAR ONE / INAUGURAL HALL INDUCTEES
- Black Sabbath (original line-up)
- Judas Priest
YEAR TWO INDUCTEES
- Celtic Frost
- Iron Maiden
In later years we’d see other notables like The Misfits, Helloween, Queensryche, Sepultura, Bathory, Anthrax, and of course Ozzy Osbourne inducted on his own as a solo artist.
Now if only the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame could keep to their namesake genre…