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2013-10-17T00:00:00Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
October 17, 2013 12:00 am

Nirvana, Ronstadt among Rock Hall of Fame noms

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and The Replacements are among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees Wednesday morning and half the field of 16 were first-time nominees. YES, Link Wray and The Zombies also received their first nominations.

More than 600 voters will determine the class of 2014. Inductees will be announced in December and a ceremony will be held next April in New York. The induction will be aired on HBO in May.

Nirvana is nominated in its first year of eligibility. If selected for induction, the band would enter the hall of fame almost exactly 20 years after frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide at age 27.

Ronstadt receives her first nomination not long after she shared news that she has Parkinson's disease. Fans have long questioned her absence from the hall's roster of stars. Similarly, long-denied YES joins the list after Rush finally struck a blow for prog rock with its induction earlier this year.

Repeat nominees are KISS, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, The Meters, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Chic. It's the eighth nomination for Chic since 2003, but comes as co-founder Nile Rodgers is enjoying widespread attention after his collaboration with Daft Punk earlier this year.

KISS, LL Cool J and Stevens return to the list after absences of several years. AP

Volunteers wanted for Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

If you'd like to be part of an 80-year-old tradition in Chicago, you have until Oct. 18 to submit an application to be a volunteer. The 80th McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade runs from 8 to 11 a.m. Nov. 28 in downtown Chicago.

Parade personnel are currently recruiting volunteers for the big event.

"The parade has become a destination in and of itself," said Philip Purevich, executive director of Chicago Festival Association. Purevich, who is a native of Northwest Indiana, said Chicagoans as well as out-of-town guests are drawn to the family-friendly event.

Purevich said there are a variety of volunteer opportunities this year.

Among opportunities open to individuals (12 years of age and older), families and groups are balloon handlers, banner carriers, route marshals, VIP/hospitality, merchandise/street team, disbanding, tech crews and more. To apply to be a volunteer, visit chicagofestivals.org/volunteer or call (312) 239-0457. - Eloise Marie Valadez

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