With this week's announcement of the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 comes the screams from fans of such arguably qualified acts as:
- Pat Benatar
- Bad Company
- Doobie Brothers
- REO Speedwagon
- Phil Collins
- Jethro Tull
- Joe Cocker
- Jimmy Buffett
But what the general public needs to know is the Rock Hall, like many awards ceremonies, is a political minefield. Just ask Joe ... Joe Walsh, who was inducted with the Eagles in 1998.
In New York this week for shows with the Eagles, TMZ cornered Joe on a Manhattan street and asked him what he thought about the nominees.
After saying the late Link Wray needs to be inducted, he said, "There is a lot of politics in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame... The corporate sponsors get to pick and then the people get to vote. There's a lot of people I don't know why they're in there and there's a lot of people I don't know why they're not."
The Rock Hall will announce the Class of 2019 in December with the induction ceremony set for March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.