Hard-rockers get wish: Rush in the hall of fame

  • Updated: December 12, 2012 - 12:42 AM

For once, Rush fans have nothing to complain about. Geddy Lee and the boys got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame their first year on the ballot, joining an eclectic list of 2013 inductees that also includes Public Enemy (another first-timer), Heart, Donna Summer, Randy Newman and Albert King. Label executive Lou Adler and famed producer/composer Quincy Jones are also headed to the Hall as nonperformer honorees. The ceremony will take place at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on April 18 and is scheduled to be broadcast May 18 on HBO.

Rush fans lobbied for years to get the band on the ballot, and their rabid effort may have charmed the hall's voters in the end. However, the Canadian trio's inclusion won't do much to win over other hard-rock fans, who have long complained of Kiss' omission and saw another first-time entrant on this year's ballot, Deep Purple, not make the final cut.

Among the other acts on the ballot this year that did not get voted in were the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, Procol Harum, Kraftwerk, N.W.A. and the Meters, the latter half of whom were considered pioneers if not household names. However, the gatekeepers did show some deeper knowledge by voting in Memphis blues-guitar hero King this time. Summer had been on the ballot several times before, but her death this year added sentimental value to her induction.

Now, for the really shocking news: Among the acts eligible for the first time on next year's ballot are Nirvana, Soundgarden and Phish. Those AARP cards are just around the corner, Gen Xers.

Minnesotan earns spot in 'Voice' finals

Twin Cities singer Nicholas David Mrozinski is moving on to the top three and next week's finale on NBC's "The Voice."

He and Cee-Lo teammate Trevin Hunte were the last contestants standing Tuesday night, after Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott were voted through earlier in the show. The show's producers clearly had drama in mind by leaving the two R&B-influenced teammates till the end. They sang each other's praise and then sang together on the ultra-mushy Mariah Carey hit "Hero." But there was no getting around the fact that one of them had to go home.

A memorable moment came shortly before the second finalist was revealed, when Mrozinski talked about being away from his family. Carson Daly asked him about finally being reunited with his wife, Krista, and their young boys, who were in the audience. His response: "It has truly been the hardest thing in my life. I've been with my gal since the day I met her." Looking out at Krista, he added, "I couldn't have done this without you."

We'll find out if soul tops the rest with next week's finale shows, airing Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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