Posted by: Dave on October 31, 2006 at 12:24 am

VanHalenPhoto3R.E.M., Van Halen and The Ronnettes have been announced as this year’s first-time nominees to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining them on the ballot this year will be returning nominees The Stooges, Grandmaster Flash, Patti Smith, Chic and more. To be eligible this year, an artist had to release their first single no later than 1981. A total of five inductees will be announced in January.

R.E.M released their first single in 1981, so this is the first possible year they could have been nominated. Based on the fact that they almost singlehandedly galvanized indie rock and college radio…plus released a nearly unbeatable string of excellent albums from 1982 – 1996, they should have no problem making it in this year.

What I fail to understand is how Van Halen didn’t get nominated until this year (note: and I do mean the original Van Halen, 1978 – 1984: The Diamond Dave Years). Their debut album came out in 1978, so they’ve been eligible for at least three years. How has the band with perhaps the most imitated guitarist and frontman ever been overlooked? Every pop metal band of the 80s was influenced by Van Halen. They either had a lightning quick, finger-tapping guitarist, a blonde-haired, charismatic frontman or both. Plus, David Lee Roth may very well be the greatest entertainer of the 20th century. And those six original Van Halen albums are incomparable. No other band has mixed musical virtuosity and innovation with such raw charisma and rock and roll attitude the way they did. Perhaps the Van Hagar years (which were high quality, but quite different) and the Van Cherone years confused the folks at the Hall of Fame…and rightfully so. Still, they’re tardy in honoring Van Halen, but they can fix it this year.

Assuming they do get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I look forward to the induction ceremony. Somehow the Van Halen brothers, Michael Anthony, Dave and Sammy (possibly Gary Cherone) will all have to get along…if for at least a couple minutes. Guaranteed entertainment.

2 Responses to “Van Halen Finally Nominated to R&R Hall of Fame”

  1. Matt Says:

    Diamond Dave’s not worried — he’s a song-and-dance man with more hits than Beethoven, an bigger brand than Sears Roebuck, born in Indiana with a banjo on his knee, he’s show-people. He’s a black man in a Jewish body who never travels on the highways and byways of this U.S. of A without packing his Keith Richards merit badge – thousands of fans between now and Christmas, between here and Pasadena. Pass a deena? Pass the Cabo Wabo, Sammy! Maybe the true question we should be asking ourselves, once we’re locked into the same big old on-demand channel that the eye of the tribe is watching, is when is Dave going to induct the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame into himself?

  2. Dave Says:

    Like a thunderbolt in the bowl of Cheerios of the Son of Satan whose earthly duties are merely ceremonial, Diamond Dave couldn’t have said it any better himself.

    Have you seen Junior’s grades?

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