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James Leroy Wilson writes:

This years inductees were:
# Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim)
# R.E.M. (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe)
# The Ronettes (Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector, Nedra Talley)
# Patti Smith
# Van Halen (Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth)

If Van Halen gets in, who won't? I also see that Bob Seger got in a few years ago so Mellencamp probably will.

I suppose Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Madonna will be eligible soon. I wonder if the alternative/techno bands like the Cure, New Order, and Depeche Mode will be considered anytime soon.

February 2, 2007 11:34 am ET
Jim writes:

I never really paid much attention to who is in and who is not in the R&R Hall of Fame. So I checked the list. There are a lot of acts that could (should?) be there. It was hard to narow it down to five, but here goes;
1. The Turtles
2. The Moody Blues
3. Cheap Trick
4. Tommy James and the Shondells
5. The Cars
For non-performer - Bernie Taupin (would Elton John be there if there was no Bernie Taupin?)
I'm not sure what category writer/performer - Harry Nilsson
Others that I would consider; Supertramp, Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffet, Dave Edmonds and Nick Lowe/Rockpile.

...and what's wrong with the Bee Gees? Well, maybe not the disco/falsetto Bee Gees, but the mid '60s - mid 70s Bee Gees.

February 7, 2007 9:42 pm ET
Scott Shepherd writes:

I'd also like to add Free to my list. While not necessarliy a fan of Free or Bad Company, I have to admit Paul Rodgers has one of the best voices of Hard Rock. Free was also one of the earliest bands to create the hard-rocking muisc that would come to be known as "Arena Rock." If the Bee Gees, with their contributions to Disco, can be in the Hall of Fame, then surely the creators of "Arena Rock" should be honored too.

February 12, 2007 10:26 am ET

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