Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Inductees, Rejects Others, Raffles Tickets
For the first time, tickets to the ceremony are being made available to the public. The catch is that you can only buy the chance at a ticket to the ceremony. The charity raffle will give away four pairs of tickets, along with $1,000 for each raffle winner (to offset travel expenses). Each raffle ticket is $100. Funds raised go to educational programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Fifteen artists were nominated this year. Among those not making the cut: Dave Clark Five, Grandmaster Flash, J Geils Band, John Mellencamp, the Patti Smith Group, and the Stooges.
Songs by the inductees... except Black Sabbath... below. Eight tries? Once it takes eight nominations to get inducted, can we, the music-loving public, feel confident that the voters didn't just feel sorry for an artist? Is this a pity induction? How can we be sure?
Miles Davis - Mystery (from Doo-Bop)
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Three Steps (from Smokes, The Collection, etc.)
Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone (from Parallel Lines, Greatest Hits, etc.)
The Sex Pistols - Submission (from Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols)