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.
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.
Rush finally made it into the RnR Hall of Fame. Whole lotta math teachers calling in sick tomorrow!— Merle Tagladucci (@MerleTagladucci) December 11, 2012
I'm gonna miss complaining about Rush not being in the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame...— Natalie Finkelstein (@NattieFink) December 11, 2012
Holy crap, Rush finally made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame...and after only slightly more than an eighth of a century of eligibility.— Todd Lyman (@tlyman) December 11, 2012
Rush is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. So, keeping score as far as Canadian music goes that's Rush-1 Bieber-0— Nathan Burke (@IamNathanBurke) December 11, 2012
Let's raise a glass. Rush to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They don't NEED it, at all. They DESERVE it.— Mark Pracht (@mpjedi2) December 11, 2012
the holy triumvirate finally did it! (heart wails too) rollingstone.com/music/news/roc…— bones (@bonesj0nes) December 11, 2012
Rush FINALLY makes the Rock and Roll hall of fame..about friggin' time!..Public Enemy,Heart and Donna Summer very worthy as well.— Basilio frusciante (@SIRREAL718) December 11, 2012
Rush has made the Rock and Roll hall of fame. You can SHUT UP NOW awkward men, everywhere.— Duane Rollins (@24thminute) December 11, 2012
Already dreaming of a Rush/P.E. mashup at the Rock Hall of Fame concert.— Mark McClusky (@markmcc) December 11, 2012
Rush is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. #abouteffingtime— Patricia Firestone (@malibufire) December 11, 2012
Finally a major wrong has been righted in the world of rock music. Rush is inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: rollingstone.com/music/news/ged…— Mel Huang (@mel_huang) December 11, 2012
FINALLY someone has seen the limelight! Rush is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.— Patrick Mahan (@patreeeek) December 11, 2012
#Rush is finally being inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall Of Fame.Celebrating by wearing my vintage Rush rock concert tshirt all week!— TangledUpNBlond (@TangledUpNBlond) December 11, 2012
"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
-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