Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their debut release. For every handful of acts that enter the Hall each year, there are dozens that never make it past the final ballot and hundreds more who aren't even in the running.
We recently asked singer Kate Pierson how she felt about the B-52's being passed over for induction every year since 2003: “I think we should be in it — that's how I feel (laughs). I mean, I really kind of think it should be more inclusive and they should include everyone (laughs). I don't know, it just seems kind of silly to me to have this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, y'know, they only — it's like a little club, or something. And I guess you have to lobby to get in and, yeah, it'd be great, but I'm not saying I don't wanna be in that club (laughs) but (laughs), y'know, I don't know what it takes to get in there.”
With Styx still a top live concert draw — not to mention having their name now gracing moons on neighboring planets — we asked guitarist J.Y. Young how he feels about the band's chances in finally getting inducted into the Hall of Fame in view of hard rockers Journey, Yes, Rush, and Heart recently getting the nod: “Rush is something I wouldn't have expected. But because they're sort of non-traditional. They're a little more arty than the rest of us it seems. But Heart, the fact that the one sister was married to Cameron Crowe, who was obviously. . . wrote for (Rolling Stone publisher) Jann Wenner. Jann Wenner plays such a very big role in the selection process, that Heart makes sense in being the first act — and it's women, so it's unique. Yeah, Heart and Rush have now opened the door for the possibility in the future. But really, at this point (laughs), Tommy (Shaw) and I really don't care.”