I've long held that if any band deserved to be in there, it was Rush, but they have been denied for so long, that their exclusion was more of a badge of honor than anything else, at this point...
Yes indeed. In the early days everyone could pretty much agree, yes, Roy Orbison and the Beatles and Dylan... pretty obvious who should go in. But "rock and roll" splintered and sprawled so much in the '70s and '80s that the number of eligible artists who have been passed over now is fairly staggering. The further along we go with more becoming eligible, the more arbitrary, capricious and irrelevant the HoF will seem.
I'm not a Rush fan to say the least, but come on; the work was there, the impact was there, the influence was there, the fanbase was there. The HoF is a joke.