Long-neglected Rush and Heart are among the six acts that have been selected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
The two will be joined by singer-songwriter Randy Newman, rap group Public Enemy, the late disco queen Donna Summer and the late blues guitarist and rock influence Albert King. Producers Quincy Jones and Lou Adler, who launched the Monterey International Pop Festival and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," will be inducted as non-performers.
Rush, meanwhile, was one of the bands that rock fans have long complained should be inducted into the Rock Hall. But guitarist Alex Lifeson tells us that the Canadian trio has always been humbled by its long career and dedicated fans:
"I know for me, and I would say it's true of all of us, we felt that you've got to enjoy every moment that you're out there doing this. It's a privilege to be able to play music, especially for your whole life. And it's an even greater privilege to have such a fantastic audience who's willing to support you and listen to what you're doing and become so passionate, like Rush fans always become. You know, it's really, really something special and it's never lost on us, and certainly in the last 10 years I would say every night on stage is like the last gig, and we don't take it for granted at all, ever, ever."
The Rock Hall induction ceremony will take April 18 in Los Angeles and be taped for broadcast later on HBO.