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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015: A look at the potential nominees to be announced in October
CLEVELAND, Ohio â€" The nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2015 will be revealed at some point in October. Let the debate begin.
In 2014, KISS finally went from perennial nominee to inductee. Grunge-rock pioneer Nirvana made it on its first ballot. And Hall and Oates came out of nowhere to enter Rock's hallowed ground.
So where does that leave us for next year? Throughout the next few weeks, we will look at the possible nominees for 2015. We will once again debate the validity of hip-hop, the veteran acts that could finally get in and a few first time nominees that that deserve serious consideration.
Perhaps the best way to look at potential nominees is to look at lists from previous years. Here is a breakdown of performer nominees from the last five years:
Nominated for 2010 induction
ABBA, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, KISS, Laura Nyro, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chantels, The Hollies, The Stooges
Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John, Beastie Boys, Chic, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits, Chuck Willis
Beastie Boys, The Cure, Donovan, Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, Heart, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rufus With Chaka Khan, The Small Faces/The Faces, The Spinners, Donna Summer, War
Hanging with a Blackheart
Hanging with a Blackheart is hanging with a good heart. I spent my Sunday hanging with more than one Blackheart. A whole band full led by the Rock & Roll Queen, Joan.
Rock is still alive and well, definitely in Bakersfield. The closing night of the Kern County Fair rocked out with JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS. The overflow crowd stood jam-packed into the two gate areas of visibility and sang along with all the "JOAN JETT Anthems." (I love Rock and Roll, Cherry Bomb, Bad Reputation, Crimson and Clover, and many more)
It was a good trip down memory lane for me. Throughout the '80s and '90s I would hang backstage with the guitar techs of the Rock Gods. And sometimes hang with the Sound and lighting folks. I did both last night.
Really good people.
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