ROCK HALL: Let the Grumbling Begin

As usual after the announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, the decision about who should represent each band has its detractors.

Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee, now a member of the Scorpions, was not named as a member of the band. He tells Billboard, "That is pure wrong, I would say, and I know [guitarist ]Phil[Campbell] will be very disappointed, too. We've been carrying the flag for 25 years together, and actually brought Motorhead to what it was. We did 25 years out of the 40. The original band lasted just a few years. They started it off, but as Lemmy said himself they wouldn't have lasted another six months doing that lineup. I don't think we would've been where we are today without the 25 years we spent touring."

Campbell joined the band in 1984 and played on 16 albums. Dee came on board in 1992, and both played with Lemmy until his death in 2015. 

And then there are the non-reactions from some of those whoare named.

Todd Rundgren, who was nominated for the second straight year and expressed no interest in the Hall, offered up a "no comment."

Pat Benatar has also not commented on her nomination.

  • In 2017, after it was announced The Moody Blues were being inducted,Steve Van Zandt, a member of the nominating committee,made a stink about original member Denny Laine being overlooked, and, as a result, he went in along the band's defining line-up.

  • KISS complained that members other than the original four should have been inducted, but got nowhere.The Grateful Dead did get their way when they said every member to pass through their ranks had to go in or they would decline the honor.

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