Paul Heinz

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Who's Not In The Hall

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  A more subjective institution there has never been, and few take it seriously, but it is interesting to note the performers not currently represented in Cleveland.  A friend of mine recently provided me with a list of acts he thinks should be included in the Hall, and I’d like to highlight a few (and add a few of my own).   Consider the following:

The Cars, Cheap Trick, Dire Straits, Yes, ELO, Peter Gabriel, Randy Newman and Rush (the latter two, incidentally, just had stars dedicated on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame).

Not sure about that list?  Well, how about:

Kiss, Steve Miller, INXS, Heart, REO Speedwagon, Boston, Kansas, Styx, Journey, The Cure, Supertramp, Chicago, Three Dog Night, Neil Diamond, Pat Benatar, The Moody Blues, Foreigner, The Replacements, XTC, Joe Jackson and Def Leppard.

Not sure they deserve to be included with the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin?  I’m not either.  Do you base it on sales?  Hits?  Longevity?  Inventiveness?  Impact on the music around them? 

Comment below and let me know who you think should be in the hall.  To check a list of who’s in, click here.

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