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October 27, 2013

MUSIC NOTES: Nirvana, Yes, Ronstadt are good bets for Hall of Fame induction

Tonawanda News — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released its latest group of nominees for induction. It includes Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Yes, LL Cool J, The Replacements, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Hall and Oates, KISS, N.W.A., the Meters, Link Wray, and The Zombies.

It has become an annual tradition that I attempt to pick the eventual inductees, I fared well last year, this class seems a little trickier.

First, my vote for the fan ballot of five would include Yes, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates and Deep Purple. The chances of all five of them getting inducted in this round is slim since they are all from a similar era, plus the slam dunk inductee this year is Nirvana.

Of my list, I think Yes has the best chance. They are undeniably one of the groundbreaking progressive rock bands, if not the definitive progressive rock band. They were one of my first favorite bands, along with Styx, Triumph and Rush. I named one of my sons after former Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin.

The band has had an astronomical number of lineup changes, thus most progressive rock bands family trees all seem to lead back to Yes. I can name most of the 19 musicians who have played in Yes, and have had the good fortune to interview three of the principal members — Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Trevor Rabin, and met five others. It would be interesting to see which members would be inducted.

Cat Stevens is an interesting choice, I have always liked him because we share birthdays, but I would be surprised if he gets in.

Peter Gabriel is already in as a member of Genesis. I am a huge fan of his solo work, but I think he did his most influential work in Genesis and his solo career was a further exploration of his work with Genesis, not necessarily something groundbreaking. He is a long shot.

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