John Prine is one of the musical acts up for potential induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 — which would be a great honor for the legendary country/folk songwriter. He spoke a bit about his career in a new piece Billboard published on Wednesday, but he added something rather intriguing in his comments.
“I started out in the folk music world only because of the way my songs were written and performed, with just an acoustic guitar, but I always related to the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle,” he explains. “So that’d be great to be in there, no matter what year they want to put me in.” Prine does add, however, that, “I think the Zombies should go in before me.”
The Zombies are on the list of nominees alongside Prine, Def Leppard, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Rage Against the Machine and more, marking the fourth time the iconic band has been eligible for induction (after falling short in 2014, 2017 and 2018).
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) October 9, 2018
Will 2019 finally be the year the group enters the hallowed halls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Here’s hoping Prine’s words resonate with those responsible for the votes …
Of course, the concept of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become a bit controversial in recent years, with some bands considered more than deserving of induction continuing to be denied — though some acts themselves say they don’t care either way. Kate Pierson of the B-52s is not one of those, as she (rightly) considers her band’s accomplishments more than worthy:
“Well, you can say all you want that “I don’t care,” but it would be nice. I know it’s a political thing and you need to have a record company push to get in now, but I think we deserve to be in there for sure. There’s so many amazing people that deserve to be in there that aren’t.
But it would be nice to get in,” she told us in a new feature chat.
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