Rock News: Fans Boycott Rolling Stone
Rush fans are up in arms over the recent exclusion
of the Canadian progressive rock group in this years inductees to the Rock
n Roll Hall of Fame. As a result, some Rush fans have called for a boycott
of Rolling Stone Magazine. Many believe the rock magazine to be the real
power behind the RRHF.
Rolling Stone has a long history of upsetting
hard rock fans. They land blasted Led Zeppelin's albums throughout the
bands career. They showed utter contempt for KISS. So it comes as no big
surprise the fans see them as an easy target to take out their frustrations
on the exclusion of legendary hard rock and metal groups in the hall of
Two Rush web sites have called for fans
to Boycott Rolling Stone. R-U-S-H.com and RushRadio.com. According to the
sites, Rush Fans posted over 5000 messages of support for Rush on the Rock
n Roll Hall of Fame's web site (R-U-S-H.com claims this is the largest
message thread in the history of the RRHF web site) and sent in thousands
of letters. Still their heroes did not make the cut. Instead, the world
was treated to a small class of 99, which included a group many ask "who
is that?". Were talking about the Moonglows.
It's not just Rush fans that claim there
is a bias at the RRHF against metal and hard rock. Fans of Black Sabbath
are enraged as the pioneers of heavy metal were not inducted the fourth
year running. Black Sabbath frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, went public earlier
this years asking the hall of fame to remove the band from contention,
knowing full well that they would not be inducted.
Other hard rock artist passed over were
Aerosmith, AC/DC and KISS. All band which claim millions in sales over
the past quarter of a century.
Will this Boycott do any good? Who knows,
but for it to be effective hard rock fans will need to organize their efforts,
pool their resources and make their voices heard.