The lack of hard rock/metal acts who have been inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame is a sore point that has become a weary subject on the minds of many fans of the genre. Time will tell whether the powers-that-be have a change in their mindset, however, in the opinion of former Deep Purple member Glenn Hughes, it is only a matter of time before the Hall opens its doors to hard rock/metal acts like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
In a new interview with Detroit radio station 101 WRIF, Hughes was asked about which artists he thought should be inducted (Hughes was inducted with Deep Purple two years ago), and he admitted that he was in a bit of a tricky situation – he has now become “an ambassador for the Hall Of Fame, and friends with its president.” He offered his opinion on deserving acts, saying, “I’m really good friends with Priest and Maiden; I think both of those bands will get in. I think they’ll get in. It took three or four times for Purple to get in.”
Hughes admitted that there is great difficulty picking acts that warrant induction: “There’s so many great rock music that had longevity. For instance, Bad Company… Free isn’t in there. And my friends in Def Leppard, who sold a 160 million records.”
Artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Iron Maiden, Priest and MOTÖRHEAD are but three acts who have had the longevity but have yet to be recognized. Priest have been eligible for induction since 1999, and was on the ballot as part of the 2018 class, but ultimately didn’t clinch the nomination.
Neither Maiden or MOTÖRHEAD have ever made the ballot. The Hall also claims that other “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock ‘n’ roll,” which is, of course, open to interpretation.
Purple was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn’t get inducted until 2016.