One of my favorites is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and, just like in sports, when the candidates for induction are announced…I listen.
This year, the list of nominees includes Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Donovan and Neil Diamond. Previously nominated acts LL Cool J, J. Geils Band, Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Chic, Dr. John, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Darlene Love and Chuck Willis are also under consideration.
Now, here comes the question…what in the world does this have to do with baseball?
Well, with the following quote, that question is answered!
“I think the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be calling me,” Cooper said of his induction chances. “I think I’m being blackballed. But it’s great to be the Pete Rose of rock and roll.”
Now, while I’m not sure if the guy who penned the rock classic “School’s Out” will see enshrinement soon (he’s been on the ballot longer than Bert Blyleven)…I’m pretty sure Pete Rose will not. That said, given Rose is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame (class of 2004), maybe Cooper (who appeared alongside Jake “The Snake” Roberts in WrestleMania III) should consider shifting his focus.
The top vote-getters for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be announced in December. They will be formally inducted in March at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
***UPDATE*** It’s been pointed out to me that Alice Cooper owns a sportsbar in Phoenix called, wait for it…Alice Cooper’stown. Brilliant. You can follow them (it?) on Twitter at @cooperstown_az. Well played, Mr. Niceguy. Well. Played.