I had started this post back on September 2, 2010. I don't really recall why I did, but since it was there, I decided to check dates to see who qualified. 1987 is the magical qualifying year, as it has to be 25 years from the first record. (I went by the years listed on Wikipedia, so they may be band inception dates as opposed to records. I'm not certain.) For whatever it is worth, here is my list and my sadness that they haven't been put up for induction. Please understand, too, that I wouldn't necessarily put each and every single one of these bands up for Rock Hall Induction, but most of them I would love for them to consider.
Please know that the bands who are crossed out don't qualify date-wise for induction.
A- Alice in Chains- 1987
Beastie Boys- Being inducted this year.
(The) B-52's- 1976
Black Sabbath- Inducted
(I actually met them. Bill Ward shook my hand and thanked me for coming out to see them.)
C- (The) Cure- 1976
(Tracy) Chapman- 1986 (from Cleveland!)
(The) Cult- 1983
Duran Duran- 1978
E- Eric Clapton- inducted
Edie Brickell- 1985
G- Guns N' Roses- Being inducted this year minus Axl, at his request. Read below.
H- House of Lords- 1987 (left over from college days)
Iron Maiden- 1975
J- Jane's Addiction- 1985
L- Led Zeppelin- inducted
M- Mighty, Mighty Bosstones- 1983
Motley Crue- 1981
Natalie Merchant- 1981
O- Only Children- Cleveland only.
Odd Girl Out- See Anne E. DeChant. Lakewood, Ohio.
P- Pink Floyd- inducted.
Pantera- 1981 (Yes, I do like some Pantera and saw them in concert with someone once.)
Poster Children- 1987
Q- Queensryche- 1981
R- R.E.M- 1980
Stone Temple Pilots- 1986
T- Tori Amos- 1986
10,000 Maniacs- See Natalie Merchant
Tears for Fears- 1981
U- Under the Tree- Cleveland area only.
X- (In)x(s)- yes, I know that I cheated- 1977
I'm thinking that I got everyone, but feel that I may have missed a few. At any rate, do you have anyone that you would have loved to see included? Any major oversights in the Rock Hall? Do tell!
ETA: And because it seems like Axl Rose doesn't like to share the stage with anyone or have anyone possibly upstage him, he has declined his portion of the nomination to the Rock Hall with specification that he not be given the induction in absentia or have anyone speak on his behalf. Hmm. Does this ranting tantrum stink of what happened with him when James Hetfield stepped into stage pyrotechnics and Axl threw a fit when James had to be transported to the hospital? Hmmm. Axl, get over yourself.