By Steve Newton
Okay, it has finally come to this.
After years of slagging the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for its inconceivable ignorance of the best rock music from the past, I’ve gone ahead and established my own institution to pay tribute to the stellar artists the RRHOF deems unworthy.
Based somewhere near the weed ‘n’ hockey-riot hotbed of Vancouver, Canada, Newt’s Rock Hall will only be open to musicians and bands that HAVE NOT already been inducted into that other Hall in Cleveland. It will follow the same stipulation in that nominees must have released their first albums at least 25 years ago.
Inductees for Newt’s debut class of 2015 include influential British hard-rock gods Deep Purple (eligible since 1993), Irish guitar legend Rory Gallagher (1996), American blues legend Johnny Winter (1993), British metal titans Iron Maiden (2004), and inventor of the raunchy riff Link Wray (eligible since…wait for it…1985!).
(R.I.P. Rory, Johnny and Link. Keep on rockin’ Purple and Maiden.)
Every year around this time, unless I find something else to do, five more non-RRHOF acts will be inducted. Except from now on I’ll be considering reader suggestions and not just going with who I want.
So get your votes in now for Newt’s Rock Hall, class of 2016, because the list of nominees already includes Thin Lizzy, Blue Oyster Cult, UFO, Mott the Hoople, Warren Zevon, Humble Pie, Motorhead, T-Rex, the Cramps, Robin Trower, Ten Years After, Mountain, Steve Earle, the J. Geils Band, Rick Derringer, Ronnie Montrose, Gary Moore, Wishbone Ash, Dick Dale, Jethro Tull, the New York Dolls, Dire Straits, Free, the Doobie Brothers, the Georgia Satellites, Little Feat, and a bunch of others I can’t think of right now.