They've only been eligible since 1998, 15 years as of this writing, but it seems like forever. In fact, I was beginning to wonder if it would ever happen, but on Thursday, April 18, 2013, it did. Rush has finally been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I wrote in this space in late 2011 (God, has it been that long? I really need to blog more) that I thought that the Hall was out of touch and irrelevant. Could it be coincidence that Rush was selected for induction the same year that fan voting was introduced? Perhaps, but I think the fans have sent a very clear message: "Rush deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and we are going to make sure you put them there." Maybe the Hall has just a bit more relevance now.
I still remember the very first Rush song I ever heard. It was "Closer to the Heart" and it was on one of those K-Tel "Various Artists" compilation albums. Don't ask me what it was called. I didn't even buy the album for that song but it turned out to be one of my favorites. Now that I think of it, I'm not sure I even knew who Rush were at the time, but it didn't take me long to find out.
Since getting my first taste of Rush all those years ago, I've been hooked. They are my absolute favorite band. I have every one of their studio albums and they are on heavy rotation on my iPod. Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to attend any of their concerts because, as far as I know, they haven't played anywhere in the Maritimes since the Hold Your Fire tour in the late 80s and I wasn't able to get to that one. They are playing two shows in Halifax, Nova Scotia this summer but I don't think I'll be able to get to them either, dammit. Not all of us can get to Halifax, so if any other Rush fans are reading this (not that I'm expecting that) we need to lobby to bring the boys back to Moncton again. Magnetic Hill would be the perfect place, and I'm sure it would sell out.
Congratulations, Messrs. Zivojinovich, Weinrib and Peart. You deserve this and I'm glad the Hall finally came to its senses.