Last year at this time, I bemoaned the fact that here in my town of Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has shown a glaring blind spot. While it has given honors to pioneers like Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis Presley and to pop acts like Billy Joel, The Bee Gees and Madonna, Progressive Rock acts like Rush, Yes, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, The Electric Light Orchestra, Genesis, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer have been shunned. Beyond Pink Floyd and The Velvet Underground, the closest the Hall gets to prog is Queen (who flirted with the genre) and Police drummer Stuart Copeland, who played in Curved Air.
But this year, the Hall may be finally turning the corner. Here is the list of nominees for 2010 induction:
LL Cool J
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Genesis is a leading band of the Progressive Rock genre. The classic line-up of Peter Gabriel on vocals, Tony Banks on keyboards, Mike Rutherford on bass, Steve Hackett on guitar, and Phil Collins on drums led the way for all the other acts.
The new issue of "Classic Rock Presents PROG" (available at Borders) lists the "Top 50 Prog Albums of All Time." Six of them were by Genesis.
Here's the top 10:
10. Porcupine Tree: In Absentia
9. Pink Floyd: The Wall
8. Yes: Relayer
7. Genesis: Foxtrot
6. King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King
5. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
4. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
3. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
2. Yes: Close to the Edge
1. Genesis: Selling England by the Pound
Ballots will be sent to more than 500 voters, who will select artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 25th Annual Induction Ceremony on March 15, 2010 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.