With this week's announcement of the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 comes the screams from fans of many arguably qualified acts.
JUST A FEW OF THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME SNUBS:
- Pat Benatar
- Bad Company
- Doobie Brothers
- REO Speedwagon
- Phil Collins
- Jethro Tull
- Joe Cocker
- Jimmy Buffett
But what the general public needs to know is the Rock Hall, like many awards ceremonies, is a political minefield. Just ask Joe ... Joe Walsh, who was inducted with the Eagles in 1998.
In New York this week for shows with the Eagles, TMZ cornered Joe on a Manhattan street and asked him what he thought about the nominees.
After saying the late Link Wray needs to be inducted, he said, "There is a lot of politics in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame... The corporate sponsors get to pick and then the people get to vote. There's a lot of people I don't know why they're in there and there's a lot of people I don't know why they're not."
The Rock Hall will announce the Class of 2019 in December with the induction ceremony set for March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Some of the political maneuvering that has taken place over the years includes The Grateful Dead saying either all the members from throughout their career go in or they would boycott the ceremony. The Hall agreed, which meant keyboardist Vince Welnick was inducted after only being in the band less than four years.
When KISS went was inducted in 2014 they wanted all their members to be recognized but the Hall said it would only be the four founding members.
Sources tell us Paul McCartney was promised induction in 1995 if he gave the induction speech for John Lennon in 1994. He did, but then was not put on the ballot until 1998 and inducted in 1999. McCartney also had to work behind-the-scenes in 2014 to get Ringo Starr nominated and inducted in 2015.
And Steve Miller, who, when inducted in 2016, ripped into the Hall, saying in part that the Hall "needs to respect the artists they say they’re honoring, which they don't."
Source: TMZ and Premiere