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Published on December 19th, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Here’s What a Rejection Letter from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Looks Like

Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, the Cars and Nina Simone will all be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Judas Priest is among those who will not.

So how does a group receive the bad news? Priest singer Rob Halford shared the band’s rejection letter.

Thank you for embracing your nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While you didn’t garner enough votes for induction this year, you were part of a very select group of Hall of Fame nominees. Artists are frequently on the ballot multiple times before they are inducted. For example, Black Sabbath were nominated eight times before their induction, Patti Smith seven times, Solomon Burke nine times, and both the Beastie Boys and The Yardbirds were on the ballot three times before their respective inductions.

If you are touring or simply traveling nearby, please visit our museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Our six floors of exhibitions tell the remarkable history of rock and roll and how it changed the world. You’re part of that story and we’d love to share it with you. Again, congratulations on your nomination.

My best,

Greg Harris, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Maybe next year. There’s a new Priest album called Firepower due early next year. Read more at Loudwire. (Via Tom)




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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