Is there a larger message to be learned from this year’s list? Does the Hall of Fame, even at this late date, still have the ability to surprise? Putting aside the annual gnashing of teeth over who isn’t in, who would you actually vote for? And why do they hate metal?
Michael Gallucci: It’s a pretty typical Rock Hall list: a few obvious picks, an obscure R&B singer, a hip-hop icon, a handful of artists who have been kicking around as potential nominees for years now. … In other words, it’s pretty much what I expected.