ABBA, the Stooges, Genesis join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010

Mamma Mia! Can you feel the Raw Power, Fernando? Or is it just an Invisible Touch?

The Phil Collins-fronted prog-to-pop rockers Genesis, Swedish superstars ABBA, and Iggy Pop’s lust-for-lifers the Stooges lead the pack in this upcoming year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Reggae great Jimmy Cliff and ’60s Brit-rock pioneers the Hollies will also be honored.

Each band (including the seven-times-rejected Stooges) is scheduled to perform at the ceremony, which takes place March 15, 2010 in New York City and will air live on Fuse; ABBA, however, have not appeared live together since late 1982, and have famously turned down all previous reunion enticements (including a now-legendary offer of $1 billion in 2000).

The group’s Benny Andersson says the odds are “99 to 1″ they’ll be there. “It’s very tricky because Agnetha [Fältskog] is not flying,” he told Rolling Stone. “The people who are really fond of ABBA for what we did, I think we are doing them a favor by not going out.”

Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks, says he’s working on getting the long-departed Peter Gabriel to participate in the show, though it’s not guaranteed: “Peter is a bit elusive, but I’ll probably talk to him soon and see if he has any concept of what he wants to do. I don’t feel a great need to play. I’m happy just to drink.”

What do you think of this year’s winners, readers, and the likelihood/promise of their reunion performances? And what about the the ones who failed to make the cut—among them, Kiss, LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Donna Summer?

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  • Disappointed again

    Except for the Stooges, I’d rather see the acts who didn’t make the cut than the ones that did.

    • mscisluv

      I agree – the ones who didn’t make the cut (Kiss, LL Cool J, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer) would all be fabulous.

  • bme

    Linda Ronstadt,Donna Summer, Heart!!

    • G.R.

      Agreed. (I’m happy for ABBA, but it would’ve been nice to see these ladies get in, too.)

      • Puhleaze!

        The “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” is a joke. 90% of it is made up of people with names like Blind Willie Johnson and Slappy Joe Smith who died in the 1920′s and never even heard of rock & roll.

      • crispy

        Uh, no. You are 100% wrong. Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard… I’m guessing they knew a little bit about rock and roll. And I know they didn’t die in the 20s.

      • Brett

        Cannot believe that Ronstadt is still not in – ridiculous.

    • AcaseofGeo

      Now that both Madonna and ABBA are in, its going to be even tougher for Donna Summer to get in. The voters will think they’ve shown their support for Dance/Gay Icon music by including these two. I would be excited to see ABBA perform or even just “hum a few bars”. Do they realize how much people have YEARNED for even a morsel from them for 27 years???

  • Bobby’s Robot

    Love the Stooges, ABBA, and (to a slightly lesser extent) Genesis. KISS will make it eventually. Now to get in the Cure, the Smiths, and Eurythmics.

    • judy

      ABOLUTELY!!!
      let us not forget depeche mode and new order!

      • crispy

        Joy Division would probably go before New Order.

      • S.O.

        Exactly! You can’t leave out Depeche Mode & New Order if you have in The Smiths & the Cure in the hall. They all a huge influence in rock music for over 20+ years.

      • G.R.

        Amen, sister! (Though I think crispy may be right about Joy Division.)

      • Travis

        Too bad the hall doesn’t induct influential british acts! Doubt Joy Division will go in, only two albums and majority of the public has never heard their music, even though they are more influential than ABBA

      • crispy

        The hall doesn’t induct British acts? Do The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Elton John, and David Bowie know about this?

      • Hollies

        And of course the Hollies, mentioned in this article starting you in the face.

      • AcaseofGeo

        Well Joy Division might be seminal but they really aren’t that famous. It’s Rock N Roll HALL OF FAME, not Hall of “Seminal-should-be-more-popular” acts. Go ahead and argue with me, but Joy Division just isn’t that well known. Neither is New Order, no matter HOW AWESOME they are. Depeche Mode is the more popular in sales and airplay.

      • Greg Howell

        OK, but listen to Donna Summer’s 1979 songs, Our Love, Lucky then Eurythmics, New Order, and Depeche Mode that came 4 or 5 years later. Everything is lifted from Summer. She was labeled disco, but without her, New Wave would not exist. Punkers didn’t even think of synthesizers until I Feel Love came out!

    • ALM

      The fact that KISS was even nominated this year is a positive step forward–there has been an orchestrated effort by some Hall members to keep them out. Give them another year or two.

  • Mauren

    All three acts deserve the honor but I’m especially excited about ABBA! It kind of blows that they’re not going to be at the actually ceremony. Can’t Agnetha take a cruise or something? ;)

  • JRWolfe

    ABBA ????

    • steve

      ummm yes they were huge way back when. Before my time but still big.

      • paige

        they’re still big now. Go ABBA!

      • RockGod

        ABBA is in no way shape or form ROCK AND ROLL, therefore should not even be eligible for induction into the hall of fame.

      • barley

        at this point, the rock and roll hall of fame is a combination of rock, pop, dance, funk, soul, etc.

      • ALM

        Hey RockGod, if you think ABBA shouldn’t be eligible, then you need to take out all of the 50′s doo-wop groups, the Phil Spector acts, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Billy Joel. Oh, and while you’re at it, remove Grandmaster Flash and Run-DMC. You need to broaden your horizons, dude.

      • JV

        My understanding is that the “Rock and Roll” definition from the Hall of Fame is based on what started as Rock and Roll in the 50′s and progressed from there. That is why many blues and rockabilly acts have been put in as “pioneers”. Also, the Hall of Fame has gone from the 50′s and early 60′s groups and included any musical veins or variations that mutated over time. That is why you will find girl groups from the 60′s, hippie and pop groups from the 60′s and 70′s, rap from the 80′s, etc. In my opinion, ABBA fits within these standards as popular and influencial in a pop/dance variation of “rock and roll”. The Hall is not just for 70′s/80′s arena rock, but for a wide range of influential artists. (Now, with that said, why isn’t Rush in there!)

  • Dave

    they fail to mention that a big part of Genesis’ legacy was with Peter Gabriel fronting the band.

    • G.R.

      Yeah. :-\

      I hope Tony can convince Peter to at least show up… (I grew up with the band’s Phil-fronted output, but fell in love with the Peter-era stuff after I got the “1970-1975″ box set for Christmas last year.)

    • crispy

      I actually laughed out loud when I read “Phil Collins-fronted prog-to-pop rockers Genesis.”

      • Brigid

        as did I, absolutely ridiculous.
        My boyfriend almost broke up with me when we started dating because I didn’t know Peter Gabriel was in Genesis. Needless to say, I’ve learned my lesson =)

      • Cill

        So you dumped him then?

      • Daniel

        Actually, toward the end of their Progressive Rock Era run, Phil Collins did front Genesis such as with a “Trick of the Tail”, which is a highly underrated Progressive Rock album. IMO it is right up there with “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway,” and “Selling England By the Pound.”

        There were also some highlights to the album “The Wind and Wuthering” with songs like “Blood on the Rooftops” and “Afterglow.” And it also wasn’t the first time Phil’s vocal performances were used. For instance, in “Selling England by the Pound” there are two songs including “More Fool Me” and another song I can’t quite remember at the moment, which are comprised a Phil’s solo. And their greatest live recorded performence has to be “Second’s Out.”

        In addition, Progressive elements were still included (although not exclusively)in post-Gabriel albums: “Duke”, for one, is a good example of a more pop flavor being introduced, but strongly underscored with a Progressive element.

        Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea, the Brazilian, etc. are a few other examples.

    • Stuart

      Leah Greenblatt is an idiot. She probably doesn’t know that Peter Gabriel was even IN Genesis.

    • Except

      Except of course the part where it says Tony Banks is trying to get Gabriel to perform with them for this. Who’s an idiot?

    • Lisa

      Yeah. If you listen to the Gabriel stuff, it’s not nearly as dated as the Collins era in the 80′s. I’m a fan of both, but I can listen to more of Peter Gabriel’s songs and still enjoy them. Phil’s get old after awhile.

  • Torrence5

    Donna Summer is what the Hall should symbolize. She is the Only act to have 3-double albums hit #1, she had many smash hits & won Grammys in Pop, Rock, Dance, & Gospel. Now, who else has done all that?? The inductees are fine, but without Donna Summers the hall is lacking.

    • Rob Instigator

      Donna Summer is NOT ROCK

      Neither is ABBA

      • steve

        Neither is a lot of the people in the rock and roll hall of fame. You just have to get over it.

      • Eric

        rock music is a combination of multiple genres in itself. Donna Summer most certainly deserves to be in the HOF as does ABBA. You may not like it but I do!

      • Puhleaze!

        Not every song by ABBA was rock, but many were. Don’t forget that even Elton John, KISS and The Rolling Stones dabbled in disco as well.

      • Mary

        And technically, neither are about 60 per cent of the acts that are inducted. Rock has a wider definition at this point.

      • Lody

        There is a lot of rock in Donna’s Catalogue! Hot Stuff, The Wanderer, Cold Love, He’s A Rebel, Romeo, Eyes, Fame (The Game) etc. etc. When will people wake up and discover that Donna Summer is FAR MORE than disco???

      • GH

        Summer was the originator and queen of sex rock. Don’t be uneducated, nor overlook her undeniable influence over bands such as Blondie, Chili Peppers, Depeche Mode, New Order, Eurythmics, Pet Shop Boys, Simple Minds, etc (just a few bands that have claimed her as a huge influence). I bet you never even listened to Donna Summer.

    • crispy

      They started adding non-rock artists a few years ago. Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Madonna are all inductees. I like Madonna, but she’s not rock. I guess we have to get over the fact that their idea of rock and roll is, shall we say, broad.

  • Minutiae

    ABBA? *sigh* They really need to rename this thing and just call it the Music Hall of Fame, because there’s nothing rock and roll about half of the inductees over the last several years. (And really… can you call it the Rock & Roll HoF if you haven’t even inducted ALICE FREAKING COOPER?)

    • paige

      at least they played their own instruments…

  • Jordan

    ABBA but no KISS or Red Hot Chili Peppers!!!? The Rock Hall now has no credibility in my eyes! Have they ever even listened to rock and roll?

    • ALM

      Now that the nomination block has been broken, KISS will get in soon (although Alice Cooper needs to go in first). This is the Peppers’ first year for eligibility, so give them time, too. ABBA’s been eligible for 10 years, and this is the 7th nomination for the Stooges, so just be patient…

  • Goober

    Nice to see Genesis getting in, although it’s probably more for their Pop-phase than their Progressive one. However, maybe (tho’ I doubt it) it will open up the Hall to more Progressive acts (such as Yes, Jethro Tull, Kansas, King Crimson, etc.) as well as other less safe acts (Deep Purple, anyone?).

    • Pipp

      King Crimson and Yes – i hope to see them both get into the Hall before i’m older and even more fed up with the process….

      • James H

        Emerson, Lake and Palmer deserve to be in also.

      • Goober

        Yep, ELP too (slipped my mind, I’m getting old).

    • Cris

      Agreed. I certainly hope Peter Gabriel shows, because the early Genesis is what deserves entry to the hall of fame.

      • Robert

        I hope he shows with the 5-piece, the only worry from what I’m hearing now is Phil’s health, although not to include Darryl or Chester would be wrong for all they did as well

      • Linda L

        I love Peter Gabriel. I do hope he shows up to perform.

      • oc

        hey, don’t forget that Steve Hackett was a pretty significant part of the 5 piece days. He may not be the best writer but he is probably one of the most under-rated guitarists there is

      • ALM

        I agree with Robert–Chester Thompson and Darryl Stuermer should be inducted along with Genesis as part of the band. Also, does anybody remember that Phil Collins produced Frida Lyngstad’s first solo album post-ABBA? Would be interesting to see them do something live together.

    • progrocktv

      I’m not sure, probably Genesis’ pop phase but judging by the GREAT Genesis write-up on the Hall of Fame website, not to mention posting a sound clip for Lamb Lies Down on Broadway of all songs, the HOF’s attitude towards Prog Rock may be changing (I originally thought the write up was a set-up on purpose so they WOULDN’T get in since they’re considered “Prog Rock”)

  • stephen

    Yeah, Abba is recognized for the light weight disco, but the true pioneers like Donna Summers and Chic are constantly shut out.

    • Eric

      ABBA is one of the world’s best selling bands, right behind the Beatles I believe. To boil their work down to light weight disco is like saying the Beatles are a boy band.

      • Minutiae

        Record sales have nothing to do with the quality of their work. They wrote frothy pop songs that people like, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it doesn’t make them geniuses, either.

  • aleksa

    The Chili Peppers will make it in there eventually.

  • bringbackrocky

    I agree on Donna Summers but, seriously, how long are they going to ignore Chicago? This band has gotten dissed by the Hall of Fame for years and deserves to be in there more than some of the other acts voted in over the last few years.

    • Goober

      Oh, yeah, how could I forget Chicago? The R&RHOF is a joke!

    • Napoleon

      CHICAGO is great group of musicians and songwriters. Real pros.

  • judy

    depeche mode? the cure? why are iconic 80′s bands never taken seriously????

  • Cajun Joe

    More like the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame minus the “E”.

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