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(10-30-2004) If it were up to music fans, U2 would get Rock Hall - Plain Dealer*

If it were up to music fans, U2 would get Rock Hall honor

John Soeder
Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic

U2 has finished No. 1 in our fifth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll.

Readers of The Plain Dealer and visitors to www.cleveland.com chose the Irish rock band as the most deserving nominee for induction on this year's official Rock Hall ballot.

Singer Bono (Paul Hewson), guitarist the Edge (Dave Evans), bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. started playing together in Dublin in 1976, back when they were in high school.

Their new album, "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb," comes out Tuesday, Nov. 23.

Having U2 enshrined in the Rock Hall would be "a huge honor," Mullen said last year in an interview with The Plain Dealer.

"I'm not quite looking forward to [induction] so soon because I can't believe it's been so long," he said. "It's shocking."

Southern-rock veterans Lynyrd Skynyrd; two pop-rock groups, the Pretenders (led by Akron native Chrissie Hynde) and the J. Geils Band; Canton's chief R&B export, the O'Jays; punk's pioneering Sex Pistols; and acerbic singer-songwriter Randy Newman were the other top vote-getters in our poll, in order of popularity.

More than 400 ballots were cast.

Besides our finalists, the other hopefuls on this year's slate are Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Buddy Guy, Wanda Jackson, Gram Parsons, Percy Sledge, Patti Smith, the Stooges and Conway Twitty.

We also called for write-in candidates, which brought ringing endorsements for ABBA, Black Sabbath, the Electric Light Orchestra, Kiss, Van Halen and "Rocky Mountain High" fringe candidate John Denver, among others.

Our tally was just for kicks. The Rock Hall is expected to announce its 2005 inductees next month, after counting votes from an international pool of music-industry executives, broadcasters, producers, writers and previous inductees. Five to seven nominees typically make the cut.


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