Rush will perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony tomorrow (Thursday, April 18th) at the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles.
"I'm relieved for our fans, who took it personally each time we were overlooked," frontman Geddy Lee tells USA Today.
"But I also hope this means other great bands like Yes will follow suit," says Lee. "Deep Purple was on the ballot this year, and I was hoping they'd get in with us. We wouldn't be the band we are without Deep Purple's existence."
Guitarist Alex Lifeson says he hopes Rush's inclusion "opens the doors for bands like The Moody Blues and King Crimson, who had a huge influence. It's a bit ironic, really. Rock music was born in rebellion, so it's odd to have (a Hall of Fame) where there seem to be guidelines for who's acceptable and who's not."
Lee adds that while the trio is "pleased and honored" to be getting in, "it wasn't something we thought about a lot … We've had a great career that's on a high right now."
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18th at 9 PM, ET/PT.