Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine + Depeche Mode Shut Out of Rock Hall Class of 2018
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 has been announced and the eligible alternative rock acts were almost entirely shut out. In their first year of eligibility, Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine, both of whom were considered to be among the favorites for induction, did not get in. Neither did Kate Bush. Eurythmics or Depeche Mode.
In terms of alternative-minded artists, only the Cars, who mixed new wave with rock and pop to great effect in the late '70s and early '80s made the cut.
Instead, the Hall also chose Bon Jovi -- who won the fan vote -- the Moody Blues, Dire Straits and Nina Simone. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the legendary gospel singer and groundbreaking guitarist, will be given the Award for Early Influence. You can read more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 over at Ultimate Classic Rock.
Also missing out were Judas Priest, the Zombies, LL Cool J, the Meters, Link Wray, the J. Geils Band, MC5 and Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.
At least that leaves Radiohead out of a potentially embarrassing situation. The band had repeatedly expressed bemusement at the idea of enshrinement. Last month, guitarist Ed O'Brien said, "I would never want to disrespect anything because obviously some amazing artists have been nominated. But if I’m honest I don’t understand it. It’s just kind of a British person going, 'Okay, thanks, what does this mean?' It’s a little bit thin on black artists and hip-hop artists. I’m just speaking as a fan of American music, I would have thought that Dr. Dre should have been in there two years ago. His name should be first on the list way ahead of Radiohead."
They were so disinterested in the idea of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that they booked a South American tour for April 2018, with a show in Buenos Aires on April 14, the night that the induction ceremony is to take place.