2023 Rock Eligibles

They called their music Death Pop, but they were more accurately labeled as an Alternative Metal band that was capable of melodies. What that makes them unfortunately were followers and not innovators and when your largest hit was a New Order cover (though we think it was a good one), you can’t possibly meet the Hall’s innovation quotient.
With distinct riffs and precise timing, Queens of the Stone Age cultivated a broad appeal. They had a throwback quality to Classic Rock fans though with a current modern and Alternative feel. As such, they managed significant radio play without having to sacrifice what made them unique as a band. As of this writing, they would likely have to increase their catalogue of music to enter…
Not exactly beloved by the critics (though what Christian Rock band is?), Relient K was able to secure a large fan base in the Christian demographic. What does this mean for a Hall of Fame birth? Our guess is virtually nothing, as there is no evidence that this is the type of band that can get enshrined, and if it is to be proven wrong, this…
Rob Zombie may be better known as a director or for leading White Zombie, but he did have a decent solo career of note continuing with the Horror themed Science Fiction that he excels at. As such, as talented as Zombie is overall, his musical career may be far too one dimensional to get a serious look from the Hall.
In terms of lineage, Rufus Wainwright was born to be Singer/Songwriter and he has not disappointed. He churns out beautiful album after beautiful album and though the world hasn’t completely took notice, those in the musical know have. Any chance he has for the Hall of Fame though greatly depends on whether some of the legendary songwriters of the past get in first.
They did not become as successful as some of the Emo bands they inspired, but Saves the Day had a decent career in their own right. A very energetic band, the New Jersey group may not have been darlings of the critics but their fans were not exactly the type who cared less.
They may have formed in Scotland, but Snow Patrol is arguable the most important band to come out of Northern Ireland in the last twenty years. Achieving International success with their brand of Alternative Power Pop, they may have been at their best when they focused on introspective songs of a melancholy nature. Their Hall of Fame chances will likely be based on how much continued…
On paper, System of a Down has all the intangibles that should make them a Hall of Fame inductee. They have acclaimed records, Grammy Awards, a legion of fans and a unique sound. The band successfully merged Metal, Rock, Experimentalism and the Middle East and should make the Hall of Fame’s influence quotient. Yet, there are bands like this that Cleveland tends to ignore, and something tells…
The Black Eyed Peas got their start as a three man outfit who were a decent (though not commercially successful) Alternative Rap group. They added Stacy Ferguson, embraced Pop elements and became International superstars. Unfortunately, this was a group did not evolve; rather they devolved and literally sold their soul for the sale of record sales. They may sell a lot more records, but this does…
All girl? Check! All party? Check? All Fun? Check! All Hall of Fame? Well……   The Donnas may be perfect as a cult band, and frankly they are perfect in that in role, but to position them as an influential Hall of Fame outfit would be a large stretch and we doubt even the band will be offended by that statement. 
As one of the leaders of the Post Punk revival, the Rapture drew rave reviews and harkened many to the sound of twenty five years previous. That there is the problem for a band like this to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as no matter how good they are, many of the original Post Punk bands of the late 70’s and early 80’s…
The start of the millennium was great for the Rock group, Train as they won Grammys, sold albums and hat a plethora of hits; and then it stopped…and then it started up again a decade later. That may be a good thing for as successful as they were at their career’s beginning, Train is not exactly a band that considered an influential act, and likely one…
A very eclectic Electronic band, England’s UNKLE went through multiple lineups but always remained acclaimed. Going from Trip Hop, to Acid Jazz to Ambient influences, UNKLE always seemed to be slightly ahead of the curve and will likely be held in higher regard in the future than they are right now. They will have to be to get a shot for the Hall of Fame.
They may have been from Orange County in the mid to late 90’s, but there were no Ska elements to their sound at all. As part of the Punk revival, Zebrahead managed to secure a solid level of respect within the genre, but that was about it, and even within Punk circles would have to be considered a log shot for the Hall.