Every year, music fans from all over the world, specifically rock and roll lovers, get insanely amped (pun intended) about the new possible nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a place where musical legends and icons live in forever in music history. For the fifth year in a row, voting was open to the general public, allowing anyone to vote for their favorite bands or musicians. Votes were counted equally among 800 historians and musical insiders from the Rock Hall voting body. In order to be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single had to have been released prior to 1992. The recipients of the most votes will be inducted in April at a ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The first band up for induction into the Hall of Fame is Journey. Many people were shocked to discover that the creator of the most popular rock anthem in history in, “Don’t Stop Believing”, wasn’t already entrenched in the Hall. Created out of the psychedelic rock movement in San Francisco during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Journey started off as a smooth, progressive rock and slowly morphed into the classic rock anthem band that dominated the 1980s. Another band about to be admitted into the Hall of Fame was Electric Light Orchestra, or ELO. This band is one of my favorite bands of all time because they used a vast array of different synthesizers and other technology based instruments to create new sounds and harmonies for their songs. Founded in 1970 by a couple of British rockers in their garage, ELO went on to sell over 50 million copies of their records as well as multiple world tours. The band made a comeback in 2015, when the former lead singer got the band back together to release a new album entitled, “Alone in the Universe”.
Two other bands scheduled to be honored in the Hall of Fame are Yes and Pearl Jam. The selection of these groups was not as unanimous as their previously mentioned counterparts, but ultimately have more than enough credentials to be considered some of the best groups in rock n’ roll history. Yes was another English rock band that come over during the British Invasion and thrived on the success of new music in the United States. Riding the wave of Beatlemania, as well as the new obsession for rock music, Yes created three studio albums during their time of fame, most famously Fragile in 1971. This album contains the groups most famous, and in my opinion their best, song in Roundabout. Don’t be turned off by the length of the song at 8 minutes and 36 seconds; it’s a timeless classic. The final band, Pearl Jam, is one of the newest and more recent bands to be admitted into the Hall of Fame. As one of the first underground grunge bands in America, Pearl Jam set the tone for what alternative rock represented and sounded like for the next decade. Lead singer Eddie Vedder’s voice is almost impossible not to recognize nowadays; it’s his deep monotone voice that brings life into each of Pearl Jam’s heavy rock songs.
Before the induction ceremony in April I hope everyone takes time to listen to these bands, even the ones that didn't make the cut. Their impact on music is unparalleled, just like the music itself.