Music fans have a little more time to participate in the public vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017.
The Rock Hall has extended voting 10 days to December 15 after the discovery of more than half a million votes that were cached and weren't counted. Even with the new votes, however, Journey remains the leader with more than 200,000 votes, according to the Rock Hall. Electric Light Orchestra is second with nearly 179,000, followed in the Top 5 by Yes (more than 152,000 votes), Pearl Jam (131,000+) and the Cars (123,000+).
Journey, long considered one of the Rock Hall's most previous oversights, has actively encouraged fans to vote and keyboardist Jonathan Cain tells us the group will continue to do so throughout the process:
"The fans are stoked, yeah. They're stoked. They're very, very excited and they've been very supportive. We're trying to encourage it, definitely... We're working on that angle of it, and I think a lot of fans don't realize they can vote and that's why we're putting it out there."
The five inductees are expected to be announced later this month, with the ceremony slated for April in Brooklyn and a subsequent broadcast by HBO.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.