Friday, May 24, 2024

Welcome, Rush and Deep Purple Fans


Guys: I was never a Rush fan. Sorry. But everyone’s welcome to their opinion, and Rush fans are welcome here. Petition the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, write to Jann Wenner at Rolling Stone, make your voices heard. As for Deep Purple, I have always loved “Smoke on the Water” and “Hush.” Should they be in the Rock Hall? I don’t know. Again, there are plenty of bands I think that should come before each of these outfits. But maybe one of them will make it. I’m surprised KISS fans are angrier.PS “Smoke on the Water” deserves to be in for one of the most recognizable riffs in history.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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