By Steve Newton
Iron Maiden are one helluva rock band. If they weren’t I wouldn’t have interviewed them six times.
But those inept turdballs down at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seem to think that a group like the Go-Go’s–who put out three studio albums in their heyday and another one 17 years later–are somehow more worthy of induction into their sacred institution than Iron Freakin’ Maiden, who released 16 studio albums and have been selling out arenas worldwide for four decades.
It’s sad, really.
And as for Jay-Z, we’re all still waiting for the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame to open in New York or L.A. or Atlanta or Detroit or wherever the hell so that he and all the other rappers can have their own place to be honoured and not be confused with rock ‘n’ rollers.
As for the other four acts inducted into the Rock Hall today–Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren, Carole King, and Foo Fighters–my only real complaint is that there should be a third Hall of Fame called the Pop Music Hall of Fame for amazing pop artists like King who don’t really rock. You could stick the Go-Go’s in there as well I guess.
Turner and Rundgren should have been inducted into the Rock Hall decades ago, and as for the Foo Fighters, they’re a great band that embodies the words “rock ‘n’ roll”. But here’s a list of bands and artists that have been around longer and deserved to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before the Foo Fighters:
Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Link Wray, Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy. Blue Oyster Cult, Mott the Hoople, UFO, Ten Years After, Robin Trower, Warren Zevon, Albert Collins, Jethro Tull, Ronnie Montrose, Rick Derringer, Gary Moore, Motörhead, Mahogany Rush, Free, the MC5, Humble Pie, the J. Geils Band, Mountain, the Cramps, Roy Buchanan, Nazareth, the Georgia Satellites, the New York Dolls, the Tragically Hip, Rainbow, BTO, Steve Earle, Judas Priest, Little Feat, and Todd Rundgren.
In case you weren’t aware, all of the above bands have been inducted into my own hall of fame, Newt’s Rock Hall, which I started up in 2015 for the sole purpose of showing which artists that other rock hall in Cleveland was missing out on–or just flat-out refusing to induct for some weird reason. In my 40 years of writing about rock music I’ve always tried to shine a light on the underdogs, musicians that weren’t getting the credit they deserved. Heck, Iron Maiden were actually part of Newt’s Rock Hall’s inaugural class of 2015. (Since one of the rules of Newt’s Rock Hall is that there can be no crossover between my hall and that other, lamer one in Cleveland, I will need to remove Rundgren from mine and replace him.)
Another rule I go by is that whenever the “authentic” Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts artists, I need to induct the same number into Newt’s Rock Hall, so without further adieu I hereby present Newt’s Rock Hall’s Class of 2021:
So there you go. That’s it! Good night from the Newt’s Rock Hall 2021 induction ceremony in the wilds of North Delta not far from the bright lights of Vancouver, Canada!