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Yes Wants Rush To Do Rock Hall Honors For Them

Chris Squire
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Will Yes become the fourth prog rock band to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? As the Hall slowly acknowledges the achievements from the masters of the genre, Yes fans have waited in baited breath as Pink Floyd, Genesis, and finally Rush have taken their rightful place alongside rock’s most influential giants. In addition to Yes — who first became eligible for induction in 1994 — the 2014 Rock Hall shortlist includes the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall And Oates, Kiss, LL Cool J, the Meters, Nirvana, N.W.A., the Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, and the Zombies. The final list will be announced early next year, with the induction ceremony set for April 2014 in New York City.

With so many years going by with no sign of Yes getting the Rock Hall nod, it’s understandable that co-founding bassist Chris Squire isn’t waiting by the phone to find out if the band has finally been picked: “I’ve never lost any sleep over it. And it’s kind of, obviously, if it comes together, it’ll be an honor — an maybe we should get Rush to (laughs) give it to us.

THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS ARE NOT IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Boston, the Monkees, Joe Cocker, Sonny & Cher, Ringo Starr, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, Bon Jovi, Gram Parsons, Grand Funk Railroad, Chicago, ELO, Journey, Frankie Avalon, Squeeze, Pat Benatar, Todd Rundgren, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, the E Street Band, Joan Jett & The Blackkhearts, Badfinger, Big Star, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Sting, Jeff Beck, Humble Pie, Eddie Money, Harry Nilsson, T.Rex, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Beatles recording engineers Norman Smith and Geoff Emerick, Styx, Free, Billy Idol, Ted Nugent, Duran Duran, Rockpile, Culture Club, the Runaways, rock photographers Jim Marshall, Ethan Russell, Gered Mankowitz, Dezo Hoffman, Astrid Kirchherr, Annie Leibovitz, Henry Diltz, and Bob Gruen; Chubby Checker, the Guess Who, rock journalist Lester Bangs, the Turtles, Def Leppard, Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Stevie Nicks, Rolling Stones pianist and co-founder Ian Stewart, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Kansas, Ronnie Lane, Thin Lizzy, Joe Walsh, Delaney & Bonnie, Poco, Roxy Music, the Dictators, Brian Eno, Television, Meat Loaf, America, XTC, the Searchers, Leslie Gore, the Raspberries, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Linda Ronstadt, the MC5, Peter Gabriel, Herman’s Hermits, the Moody Blues, Mountain, Blue Oyster Cult, the New York Dolls, the Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Jethro Tull, Foreigner, Bad Company, and many more.

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