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'Finally': Rush Fans React to the Band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

The Canadian rockers' followers celebrate a long-awaited victory

Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee of Rush.
Andrew MacNaughtan
December 11, 2012 4:50 PM ET

Today, when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially announced Rush as a Class of 2013 inductee, the healing began for the band's most diehard fans. For over a decade, disciples of the Canadian prog-rockers have complained loudly about the band's absence from the Hall; the group has been eligible for induction since 1998, but appeared on the ballot for the first time this year.

Geddy Lee on Rush's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction: 'We'll Show Up Smiling'

However, as Geddy Lee and his bandmates know now, the first time was the charm – and they're not the only ones who are thrilled by the news. Here are some of the most excited reactions from their biggest fans.

 

"YES!!! WE WON!!! RUSH 4 LIFE!!!"
-CM Punk'd on RollingStone.com

"I knew that Rush is exceptionally great. Sad that Deep Purple didn't get in...yet."
-AgentLobos on RollingStone.com

"Finally!!!!!!"
-Massimo Hernandez Osti
on Rush's Facebook page

"Rush forever. soundtrack of my life"
-Simon Lennox on Rush's Facebook page

"The hall of fame played a stubborn game, but Rush continued to do what they loved and keep making great music. So, the hall of fame had to give it up, you can't beat Rush. Not now, not ever"
-Patrick Sanchez on Rush's Facebook page

"Congratulations and thank you so much for not dumbing down your music to appease the masses. You guys are great!"
-Sarah Troiano on Rush's Facebook page

"It's. About. Damn. Time."
-Trolldad_IRL on Reddit

"Rock and roll should be introduced into the RUSH Hall of Fame"
-ShortyBus123 on Reddit

"OH MY FRAKING GOD!!! I will be eating my crow with some bernaise sauce and the pig will be flying at 75 feet altitude.  I had to read, then re-read, then re-re-read the news.  Then, I reacted in a way I did not expect. I cried. Tears of joy."
-CygnusGal on The Rush Forum

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