Rock Hall proves worthless yet again, overlooks Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, and Link Wray


By Steve Newton

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated 15 artists for induction today, but neither Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, nor Link Wray were among them.

Instead, Jan Wenner and his tonedeaf buddies chose such legendary rockers as the Spinners, Janet Jackson, the J.B.’s, and Chic.

Janet Jackson instead of Johnny Winter? Chic instead of Rory Gallagher?

Whatta buncha dicks.

That’s okay, though, because as everybody knows, Rory, Johnny, and Link–along with Deep Purple and Iron Maiden–were already inducted into the only Rock Hall that matters, mine, last June.

But it still burns my ass that this other Rock Hall, the one in Cleveland, is so lame.

Sure, today’s nominees weren’t all bad. They included Deep Purple, Yes, Cheap Trick, the Cars, and Steve Miller, after all. Purple is a shoo-in that should have been inducted ages ago, and the other four are also worthy of consideration.

But Chaka Khan? She can sing her ass off, no doubt, but does she rock? And Chicago? Hey, I loved “25 or 6 to 4” as much as the next guy, but they had a few too many horns goin’ on half the time. Los Lobos is a great band, but if you think they deserve to be in the Rock Hall before acts like Maiden or Thin Lizzy or Humble Pie or Robin Trower or Mott the Hoople, you’re fvcked in the head.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will announce its class of 2016 sometime in December, at which time I’ll announce mine. My list of nominees already includes Thin LizzyBlue Oyster CultUFOMott the HoopleWarren Zevon, Humble Pie, Motorhead, T-Rex, the CrampsRobin Trower, Ten Years After, MountainSteve Earle, the J. Geils Band, Rick DerringerRonnie MontroseGary MooreWishbone Ash, Dick Dale, Jethro Tull, the New York Dolls, Dire Straits, Free, the Doobie Brothers, the Georgia SatellitesLittle Feat, and a bunch of others I can’t think of right now.

7 thoughts on “Rock Hall proves worthless yet again, overlooks Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, and Link Wray

  1. One thing about Chicago, their early stuff rocked. Based on that alone they should be in. Terry Kath was a great guitar player.

  2. The only thing I disagree with is Chicago. I am a hard rock guy but they belong before half that are already in. The one glaring omission on your list is Grand Funk Railroad, those three guys had a legion of fans and sold out concerts faster than anyone in their day. I’m from Cleveland and the NY dickheads that make these picks are exactly what you said, tone deaf. They are tone deaf in a large part due to political correctness. Why else would some of those acts be nominated, or do that matter inducted. As the stones Spain “I know it’s only Rock and roll” except half of the people in the Fock hall. I hear next year Montovani will be nominated!

  3. i get calling out Janet Nasty Jackson and Chaka Friggin Khan.

    But I don’t agree with you calling out Los Lobos. I get your appreciation on the British Blues scene, and should be very proud of that genre. However, Los Lobos have been around and influenced a host of great musicians and great blues guitarists.

    Anyway, my less than 2 cents worth…
    Peace out.

  4. Absolutely agree! Especially with the top of the last year list – Rory Gallagher!
    What about the classic lineup of Rainbow? Also about solo Blackmore, Dio and Cozy Powell?

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