RUSH fans (and most rock fans in general) have been screaming for years about the Hall's virtual censure of their favorite Canuck musicians. Even inductees have decried the offense in shock during interviews after receiving their awards: (In a video below, you can see members of Guns N Roses flabbergasted that they were in before Geddy et al, Deep Purple and KISS) But this year, the Rolling Stone owned/curated/dictatored©  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is seeking to 'put-down' those rabid fur-wrapped fans by thawing their stance towards the Great White North's mighty power trio.

Not only have they opened their seemingly decades-long closed minds about RUSH, but they have mysteriously decided to throw everybody who's ever been dissed into this year's selection (with the GLARING exception of KISS). The RnRHoF have added other 'ignorees' Heart, Deep Purple and Joan Jett.

Now remember these are just 'suggestions', and they, by no means, confirm that these groups are a shoo-in. But even Rolling is trying to convince you that your vote matters. It will, but in miniscule form.

In a blatant and whorish attempt to juice their website hits, they've added a form on their site that allows you to 'vote' on the nominees. But hold on Rock Rangers, don't fool yourself into thinking your semi-illegal multiple-vote software program will secure a spot for N.W.A. in the glass-encased I.M Pei rock cathedral. As explained by itself:

"From now until December 5th, you can vote right here for the nominees you'd like to see inducted. Pick up to five acts – the top five vote-getters will comprise a "fan's ballot" that will count as one of the more than 600 ballots that determine the Class of 2013."

In case you glazed over it, here are the key words: "...count as one of the more than 600 ballots...".  Yep. That means NO MATTER HOW MANY OF US VOTE FOR RUSH (not a 'paid' endorsement. YET), it still only counts as ONE-600th of a vote for each of the top 5 vote-getters.

WOW. Thanks Rolling Stone for giving us a clear, unified voice in the deliberations.

Well, at any rate, it will be interesting to see who fans pick.  As of this writing, Rush was in a commanding lead, with Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and a deserving Albert King rounding out the top 5.