Many hard rock and metal fans were not pleased when neither Judas Priest, Motorhead or Thin Lizzy were part of the recently announced 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class. However, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has a hunch as to why those bands didn’t get the nod.
Hammett appeared on an episode of the Let There Be Talk podcast recently and he said, “I really think that when things like that happen, it might be a generational thing where maybe some of the older people just don’t get it. They just don’t f—ing get it. They don’t see the range of influence and the impact and the inspiration that certain bands have. They don’t hear it because maybe they’re part of a different generation and were told that vocals sung like that are bad. But they’re not, they’re just another type of vocal. And they believe recordings like that have no merit. Some of those Motorhead recordings are so beautifully raw.”
Hammett continued, “For those kind of people, Motorhead are a little bit of a bitter pill. And it could be a little better comprehended. I think that’s the problem – it’s merely a generational thing.”
The Rock Hall voting committee is made up of various music industry insiders, from label executives to journalists, as well as previously inducted artists. Metallica and Black Sabbath remain the only two heavy metal acts to have been inducted into the Rock Hall.