The Rock and Roll Futures (407)

As we intend to make this website a constant work in process, we though it would be useful to discuss the future bands/artists who will become eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many of these artists are still recording and/or performing and thus adding to their impending legacy. They will be in our future lists so please feel free to vote so that we can rank them accordingly when they become eligible.
Arguably the England House Trio of Dirty Vegas was a “one and done” as their 2003 single, “Days Go By” generated attention.  That was about it, and unless something else changes, we can’t see anyone from Cleveland even breathing their name.
Essentially a one hit wonder, Dishwalla had a few albums in the late 90’s and early 00’s that sold moderately well. Music wise they a soulful Post Grunge sound that to some may have strayed a little far towards Adult Contemporary, but that did allow them to reach an audience that may not have been made available to them normally. Realistically, they only had one hit,…
A very popular band as evidenced by the fact that four of their albums debuted at number one, Disturbed became one of the most popular Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands in their time. Ironically many Metal fans have dismissed the band as not “hard” enough, but as they found a very large amount of fans, clearly they have a formula that works for them.   The Bullet…
There are many who wouldn’t give a thought to any one named “DJ” for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but as the words “Rock and Roll” constantly seems to change meaning, there may be a time when it won’t seem so foreign.  With that said, DJ Shadow is not just any DJ, but one who has pushed the boundaries of the turntable and became…
DMX was a major player in the Hardcore Rap scene, and he enjoyed a high amount of commercial success. Actually, saying a high amount of commercial success was an understatement as he had the number one album on both the U.S. Mainstream and R&B charts (four of which actually debuted there). With an aggressive style and unparalleled intensity, DMX gruff vocals were matched by what was…
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? 
It has been speculated that the premature death of lead singer Dave “Stage” Williams derailed the momentum that Drowning Pool and there is some validity to that as the band, which was pegged by some as the next big thing in Nu-Metal faded into an outfit that blended into the crowd.  They had some good early success, but is that enough to propel tem into the…
Best known for the Adult Contemporary hit, Barely Breathing, Duncan Sheik seemed set up for a decent run on the musical charts. He appeared to have just enough Crossover Alternative people and throwback appeal to acquire the Singer/Songwriter set, but he never was able to duplicate his success again and he faded away like so many others.
Basically the constant project of Mark Oliver Everett (and whomever he is playing with at the time), Eels are one of those many acts that will always gain musical praise from critics, though continue to struggle to sell a lot of units. This is one of the better Alternative Rock acts of the past twenty years, but with only one modest hit and a discography (while…
The run of Elastica is brief, but they had a very fruitful run on both sides of the Atlantic. BritPop opened the door for Elastica, although their catchy rhythms echoed the New Wave movement more than the other BritPop acts they were lumped in with. Although they made it in both England in the United States, they were not able to replicate their success, though they…
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.
Like Nick Drake before him, Elliott Smith made a living making introspective and often morose songs.  Smith touched many a soul by digging inside of his own.  Sadly, as much as he sang of his depression, he was unable to control it and like so many artists he died young.  As one of the most celebrated songwriters of his time, he could receive a shot, but…
Barring any unlikely musical shift, Eminem has to be considered the undisputed heavyweight entry of the 2021 Eligible artists. The man born Marshall Mathers was far from the first white Rapper, but he was the one who cemented the path that the Beastie Boys set and changed the perception of Hip Hop forever. Race aside, Eminem will go down in history as one of the greatest…
At present, it would be hard pressed to find a Spanish singer who has more success than Enrique Iglesias.  In fact, you may have to back to his famous father Julio Iglesias, to find anyone who has done as well with the Spanish speaking market than Enrique.  As you can figure, the bulk of his success has been in Spanish, but this is not to say…
The unquestioned Queen of Neo Soul, Erekah Badu was an R&B superstar that was more of a throwback to the sultry chanteuses of the past as opposed to her contemporaries. Badu was not just a soulful Neo-Soul singer as she could effortless switch to Jazz or Hip Hop, and she had a broad appeal to those fans. Badu is still recording and her story isn’t yet…
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…
With a handful of hits and constant comparisons to Nirvana, it will be interesting to see if Everclear receives any kind of consideration to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Our guess is that they won’t, as this was primarily a solid band that was able to gain a level of success and captured Grunge era angst as well as anyone the perception was that…
Although she is very much in the large shadow of her deceased husband, the Notorious B.I.G. (no pun intended), Faith Evans was an accomplished artist in her own right.  From her beginnings as a session singer, Evans was always writing songs.  When she finally received the chance to sing her material, it proved to be among the better R&B efforts of the time.  Faith Evans has…