Joe Walsh Says Rock Hall of Fame Is Controlled by Corporations
By Andrew Magnotta
October 11, 2018
Another Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is criticizing the organization in which he is enshrined.
Bashing the Rock Hall is practically a national past time at this point, but the critiques carry a little more weight when they're levied by the Hall's own members.
Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh recently panned the Hall when he was stopped by TMZ paparazzi in New York City. Walsh lamented the exclusion of '50s-era guitar hero Link Wray among the ranks of last year's class, explaining that despite Wray's influence on a generation of guitarists, he still didn't get inducted.
"There's a lot of politics in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," Walsh explained. "There's a lot us artists would change about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their induction ceremony and who they pick. The corporate sponsors get to pick, and then the people get to vote. There's a lot of people I don't know why they're in there. And there's a lot of people I don't know why they're not."
Walsh was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 with the Eagles. He's far from the first Hall of Famer to express disgust at how the Hall supposedly plays a political game with its sponsors and goes back on promises.
Last year, former Dire Straits' guitarist David Knopfler supposedly skipped the ceremony saying the Hall reneged on a promise to cover his visa and travel arrangements to the ceremony.
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