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. 

Steve Miller famously blasted the organization at his induction in 2016, accusing it of being run by "gangsters and crooks" and pledging to investigate where the Hall spends the money it raises.

In 2017, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament wore a T-shirt under his blazer bearing the names of dozens of the Hall's notable omissions.

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.

Just this week, Tom Morello, who is nominated this year with Rage Against the Machine, insisted he's been trying to help the Hall clean up its act for years, but there's only so much one man can do.

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