James ‘JY’ Young Believes Styx Will Never Be In Rock Hall Because Of ‘Some People’

In a recent chat with Meltdown, Styx guitarist and co-founder James ‘JY’ Young was asked about his thoughts on the band potentially getting into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. He claimed that the band might not get in because of ‘some people.’ He said:

“Well, it’s very East Coast-centric in terms of the people that have a vote. And Styx probably deserves to be in there, but I’m not holding my breath. Our type of music and the audience that basically love our music and buy millions of our records don’t have a vote. There’s 30 or 40 people that decide who’s going in — not 30,000 and 40,000 voting.”

He added, explaining why he doesn’t mention their names:

“And, I won’t mention names — that might guarantee we never get in — but I don’t, honestly… Will I have a smile on my face when I go to my grave if I haven’t made it in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame? Sure.”

Styx Weren’t Even ‘Considered’ As Inductees

Jann Wenner, co-founder of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the brains behind Rolling Stone magazine, mentioned that Styx hasn’t even been on the radar for induction. He also pointed out that other bands from that same era, like REO Speedwagon and Boston, haven’t even been brought up for a chat among the people that decide who gets in.

During an episode of WTF Podcast, Wenner was asked if he ever heard of the talks about him ‘stifling some people’s membership’ into the Hall Of Fame. He responded:

“There is talk of that, but I don’t control that. I’m not on the nominating committee.”

When asked about certain bands like Styx, REO Speedwagon and more, he added:

“No, that whole era, it doesn’t come up.”

You can listen to the interview below.