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2023 Rock Eligibles

Alkaline Trio carved themselves a solid spot in the Punk world with a respectable catalogue in the Punk Revival World. With anti-establishment tunes and a Punk/Emo sound, the Alkaline Trio was able to get a fan base, but only a modest one. As we know, any band with only a modest fan base is a longshot for the Hall, and as much as we respect them,…
A band name that we find colossally cool, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, was an Alternative band that came from Texas, yet sounded far more artistic than other Alternative bands did. Merging Noise Rock and Hardcore Rock, the Trail of Dead did secure a decent following, but does a decent following make a Hall of Fame career? Probably not, as shown…
Seemingly hitting their stride lately, Blue October has delivered on a formula of angst, Alt Rock and Experimentation. As part of an underappreciated Texas Rock scene, Blue October has reached a certain level of mainstream success without really having to shed what made them special to begin with. Their Hall of Fame chances seem slim at this point but they appear to have a lot more…
As Bonnie “Prince” Billy, William Oldham became the definitive example of Alternative Country. He sang as if he had the weight of the world on his shoulders yet like few others delivered a beautiful sadness in his music. Ironically, his music sells better in the United Kingdom (not exactly an Alt Country hotbed) than in the United States, but despite the acclaim he receives, the enigmatic…
Basically the continual project of Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes emerged as the darling of the Midwest Indie Rock scene of the New Millennium.   With a growing fan base and passionate fans, Bright Eyes may not have sold a lot of albums in the past ten years, but that could easily change in the next decade. This could be a real wild card pick for the Hall…
You may not want to hear this, but there is a decent chance that Britney Spears has a decent shot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Spears has been a major force on the Pop and Dance chart for years and there is little reason to think that can’t continue for years. Major success like that is hard to ignore and though we think…
A very good Indie band out of Scotland, Camera Obscura is one of those sweet little bands that makes you happy to hear, but not necessarily passionate about. This may make you a good little Indie band, but not a legendary act, and far from even a borderline Hall of Fame contender.   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2023 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Las Vegas, Nevada) NIHOF’s…
Whether you love Coldplay or detest them (there does not seem to be an in between) they have set a course for themselves that could make them an early Hall of Fame entry. They have conquered both sides of the Atlantic, they are constantly on the charts and they have just enough critical respect to make them a complete candidate. Sure, they may not be the…
Beyonce Knowles may have embarked on a stellar solo career, but she was first known as part of Destiny’s Child; an ultra-successful all girl vocal group that scored a myriad of hits, many of which are still heard on radio today. Beyonce is a megastar; which is certain, but is she a Hall of Famer, and if so, should be in with her first act? If…
From Madchester to Brit Pop, it may have taken some time before Doves were popular in England, but when they did, they were able to hit the top of the charts, although for a brief time. As with many Brit Pop bands; it stands to reason that if you were not one of those who could make it in America, it has to seem unlikely that…
A popular Celtic Punk band from Boston, the Dropkick Murphys certainly found a place for themselves in the musical canon. With a solid live show and unique music, the Massachusetts band made people take notice, but realistically speaking, if any Celtic Punk band gets into the Hall, shouldn’t it be the Pogues?   The Bullet Points:Eligible Since: 2023 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Quincy, Massachusetts) NIHOF’s Favorite…
A Brit Pop band that was more of a Progressive Rock throwback, Elbow continues to be a player on the U.K. music scene. The band never had problem acknowledging their influences (Genesis and Radiohead are the ones most commonly mentioned), but at what point are bands citing Elbow as an influence? Unless that happens, this is not a band that can be Hall of Fame bound.…
Blending Pop, Rock and a Gothic look, Evanescence took the musical world by storm in 2003. There was nowhere you could go where you would not hear their monster smash, “Bring Me to Life”. The band was pegged by some as future long term superstars, but as of this writing that has not happened. They may still be able to churn out more hits as they…
With a rare combination of tough and sexy, Eve was an instant Rap superstar and became one of the top East Coast rappers of the early 00’s. As of late, she has focused far more on her acting career than her MC work, and it could be stated that if she kept up with her music as opposed to looking for film work it is possible…
A solid Post Grunge band in the New Millenium, Fuel had a decent run in the United States. With a few hits under their belt, they managed to sell records, but the critics were not in love with them. We know we mention critical love on this site a lot, but watchers of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame knows how important (whether it should…

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  • 247. Paul “Butcher” Vachon
    247.  Paul “Butcher” Vachon “The Butcher” Paul Vachon may have been in the shadow of his brother Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon, but despite being the latter’s tag team partner, Paul Vachon held his own in the tandem.  Vachon would hold many tag belts (many with Maurice) and would adopt the same type of vicious heel style.  With that said, his stint in the WWE…
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