Rush were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last night at a ceremony in Los Angeles – and the band hope it leads to more prog artists being recognised by the establishment.
Foo Fighters men Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins led the ceremony for the Canadian three-piece, on the evening during which also honoured Heart, Randy Newman and the late Albert King.
Grohl joked: “There’s one mystery that eclipses them all – when the fuck did Rush become cool?”
Neil Peart told the crowd: “We’ve been saying for a long time that this wasn’t a big deal. Turns out… it kinda is!”
Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, who performed alongside Rush, said: “They are as advertised – they are as down to earth and easy-going as any band. They deserve to be in the nice guy hall of fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”
Frontman Geddy Lee said later: “I hope this means other great bands like Yes will follow suit.”
Guitarist Alex Lifeson added: “I hope it opens the doors for bands like the Moody Blues and King Crimson. It’s odd to have a hall of fame where there seems to be guidelines for who’s acceptable and who’s not.”
The ceremony will be broadcast on US TV on May 18.