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280. Ten Years After

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It is virtually impossible to claim that the Woodstock concert was not the most important concert in the history of Rock and Roll. Many of those iconic artists have found their way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, yet despite the acclaimed (yet somewhat forgotten) set that Ten Years After put on, they seem far away from the Hall and are often not associated with the concert itself.


Many of the fans of Ten Years After felt that the band reached their apex with their Woodstock performance. Whether that is true or not, it did successfully introduce the band to the American audience to their brand of Blues Based Rock. With a new audience watching, Ten Years After switched gears a bit and released some uneven work geared towards the mainstream. It did yield the still poignant “I’d Love to Change the World” which may have given them just enough exposure for the Hall to give them a look. The entire sum could just be enough for a potential induction, though it is still an uphill climb.





The Bullet Points:


Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

United Kingdom (Nottingham, England)


Nominated In:



Why They Will Get In:

They may have done just enough and their greatest hit still seems relevant today


Why They Won’t Get In:

They may not have done enough in the American market to move up the ladder.


Essential Albums:

Undead (1968)

Ssssh (1969)

Stonedhenge (1969)

A Space in Time (1971)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

I’m Going Home (From Undead, 1968)

I May Be Wrong, but I Won’t Be Wrong Always (From Undead, 1968)

The Stomp (From Ssssh, 1969)

I’d Love to Change the World (From A Space in Time, 1971)

Let the Sky Fall (From A Space in Time, 1971)

Should Ten Year After be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put them in! - 16.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 16.7%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 50%
Last modified on Monday, 19 January 2015 13:16


0 #1 Desanto846 -0001-11-29 19:00
Man I don't know if they will ever get in but I saw them open for Jethro Tull a few years back at the PNC bank Arts Center in New Jersey, and not only did they blow Tull away, they were/are the best band i have ever seen live!
0 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2013-10-14 19:28
In the summer of 2013, I attended a "Rock and Blues Fest" package-deal concert that included Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, and Pat Travers. With five acts, each one got 20-30 minutes to play primarily its best-known songs.

I expected Winter to be the "headliner" of the lot and was surprised that the honor went to Ten Years After--until the band began to play. Although they had a "kid" replacing the late guitarist Alvin Lee, the rest of the band were the originals. Man, I could see why they got the top spot on the bill--they were tight, fast, and loud. Very impressive for a bunch of guys the Brits call "pensioners"--L eo Lyons especially was slamming out bass lines like he was still a kid.

Ten Years After wasn't distinctive or distinguished enough to merit a Hall of Fame induction, which doesn't mean it wasn't a rush to see the band still bringing the house down.

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