They said it would be a dark day in hell before the establishment recognized MÖTLEY CRÜE for its musical contributions. And while that still may be the case, according to Cleveland.com, the CRÜE has taken the lead in Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s in-museum “Voice Your Choice” fan vote.
The Crue are currently in the No. 1 spot in the voting ahead of Blink-182, Iron Maiden, The Dave Matthews Band, and Weezer. Crue has been riding a wave of new popularity since the release of the band’s biopic “The Dirt” on Netflix in March.
These ‘Voice Choice’ results are interesting: last fall, Rock Hall nominating committee member Alan Light said that he and his colleagues did, in fact, take the Rock Hall museum’s “Voice Your Choice” visitor poll into account when considering the 2019 nominees. As a result, Stevie Nicks and Def Leppard, both who had previously gone unnominated, were the top two leaders all summer and both ended up being elected into the Hall.
But before you get too excited, Joel Peresman, the Rock Hall foundation president, denied any link, saying: “The new in-museum voting system does not factor into the nomination process as the members of the nominating committee aren’t made aware of that. And we rely on their independent thinking, which in this case happened to match up.”
In 2015, bassist Nikki Sixx said that if his band was ever honored into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, he would “probably decline” the nomination, because in his words, “the Rock Hall has lost touch with art, songwriting craft, lyrics, and influential music.” He explained: “It’s a fixed old-boy network that usually has other agendas at hand. Young bands tell me it’s a joke, and these bands are the future.”
Earlier this year Sixx also said that the group was told by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that it will never be inducted into the institution because of how he and his bandmates “acted.” MÖTLEY CRÜE has been eligible since 2006.
Drummer Tommy Lee told Rolling Stone, “It’s a time-stamp, it’s the acknowledgment of your peers and fans and the music industry. There’s also a part of me that says, ‘if we don’t get in, that’s also cool. I don’t need a pat on the back, or an induction, or another platinum album or two.”
Fans can cast their ballot in person at the Rock Hall museum in Cleveland using the “Voice Your Choice” interactive section in the new Hall Of Fame Gallery.