LOS ANGELES – Seattle rock band Heart, along with long-snubbed Canadian progressive-rock trio Rush, will at long last be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year, with Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Donna Summer and Albert King.
Another music veteran with Seattle ties, producer-arranger-composer-conductor Quincy Jones, along with record executive Lou Adler, will join the hall of fame as nonperformers. Jones graduated from Garfield High School.
Rush’s absence from the Rock Hall year in and year out has spurred more complaints from fans than any other uninducted act, but Rush fans can now change their jeers to cheers. The inductees will be welcomed into the Rock Hall on April 18 in a ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Heart, led by Seattle sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, made an indelible mark on the rock scene of the 1970s and ’80s. Among the first women to front an aggressive rock band, they cut some of the era’s most memorable songs, from “Barracuda” to “Magic Man,” and inspired a generation of women .
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“I wasn’t quite sure this was real when I got the news,” Ann Wilson told Rolling Stone magazine Tuesday. “We’ve just had this long-running joke about it for so many years. But I got the text while I was at the airport and it took a little while to sink in.”
Acts that made the final ballot but did not make the cut for induction this year were the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, the Meters, Procol Harum and N.W.A.
Information from The Associated Press was included in this report.