Last day to vote for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Will Washington group’s favorite, Yes, make it?

December 10, 2013

Today is the last day the voting public can make their selections for who they think should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in the last days of its campaign, Washington’s Voices for Yes, a bipartisan group formed to help get Yes into the hall, has been pushing hard to get the word out. Out of the 16 nominees, Yes is currently running fourth, with 150,000 votes, behind Deep Purple, Nirvana and Kiss.


Rock Group Yes, in concert, August 5, 1977 at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Richard Drew/ AP Photo)

Yes, widely considered to be the most successful progressive rock group, released their first album in 1969 and has been eligible for the Hall of Fame since 1994; they were nominated for the first time this October. Voices for Yes is anchored by GOP strategist John Brabender, Democratic strategist Tad Devine, and former NBC News president Steve Capus. Between Capus and Brabender, they have seen the group live more than 50 times.

“The musical gods smiled on me the day that John Brabender called and said, “Why don’t you help me with this project to benefit Yes?” Capus said. If Yes does get inducted, though, “it’s not going to be because of this effort. It’s going to be because they’re incredibly deserving.”

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