The Doobie Brothers are among the nine first-time nominees for the 2020 induction class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the recognition is something the band certainly appreciates.
Guitarists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons spoke with Billboard about the Doobies’ nomination with Johnston saying, “We’re all honored to be nominated. I’m sure we’ve all paused to reflect, and I think I speak for all the other guys when I say that it seems rather odd we haven’t been selected before. But at the same time we don’t take it for granted and we are honored to be nominated, and if we can just carry it all the way to getting in it would be awesome.”
Simmons added, “…Something like this comes along and I just go, ‘Yeah, we’ve been wishing it would happen’ and our fans have been pushing and writing letters and everything. So now at least we’re getting the nomination and, damn, that means a lot to me.”
If The Doobies get in, a reunion performance will likely be in the cards with Johnston saying, “Absolutely. I haven’t seen most of these guys in awhile. It’s a great reason to get together, too, finally getting recognized after all this time. I think most everybody would be pretty jacked up about the whole thing.”
The 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class will be announced in January 2020.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, takes place at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020.
The Rock Hall fan vote will begin today (October 15) and last through January 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. The top five artists from the fan vote will make up the “fans’ ballot” and be counted among the other ballots from the Rock Hall voting committee. Fans can vote for artists in three different ways:
-By searching “Vote Rock Hall 2020” or any nominee name plus “vote” on Google to cast a vote
-By voting at RockHall.com
-By voting in person at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland