By Steve Newton
In yesterday’s blog denouncing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s continued refusal to induct Link Wray, I mentioned that today I planned to induct six acts into Newt’s Rock Hall, to keep up with the Joneses (a.k.a. that other, crappier Hall in Cleveland).
And since I don’t like to disappoint people, without further adieu, here’s your Class of 2018. Drum roll please…
…oh right, you already saw the headline. Kill the drums.
Anyway, the selection committee (me) had a tough time paring it down to those six–Motörhead, T. Rex, Free, the MC5, Humble Pie, and the J. Geils Band–because other nominees for Newt’s Rock Hall this year included the New York Dolls, Mountain, the Cramps, Wishbone Ash, Dick Dale, the Georgia Satellites, Judas Priest, and a bunch of others I can’t think of right now. (Remember: only artists not already in the “official” Rock Hall are considered for nomination and induction into my, much more impressive rock hall.)
Let me know if you think my six picks are up to snuff. They’ve gotta be better than the six that Jann Wenner and his Bon Jovi-loving weasel boys came up with yesterday though, right?
Newt’s Rock Hall inductees to date: Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Link Wray, Iron Maiden, and Thin Lizzy (Class of 2015); Blue Oyster Cult, Mott the Hoople, UFO, Ten Years After, and Robin Trower (Class of 2016); Warren Zevon, Albert Collins, Jethro Tull, Ronnie Montrose, Rick Derringer, and Gary Moore (Class of 2017), and Motörhead, T. Rex, Free, the MC5, Humble Pie, and the J. Geils Band (Class of 2018).
Can you believe that none of these are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet? Shameful, I’d say.