Journey has held its lead to be named the winner of the public vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2017.
According to the Rock Hall's web site, Journey's 250,758 votes topped ELO, in second place with 210,830. Yes was third with 189,099, Pearl Jam ranked fourth at 153,458 and the Cars were fifth with 149,911.
That doesn't necessarily insure Journey will get in, but each of the five get an additional vote added to the more than 600 professional votes cast for the Hall. This year's inductees will be announced on Tuesday (December 20).
Journey has long been considered one of the Rock Hall's great slights, and keyboardist Jonathan Cain tells us that Journey getting its first-ever nomination feels like a triumph in itself:
"It's just been a little bit of a wait. I think it was patience. We just had to be patience. I figured it would come around...We've never been the critic's choice, come on. They bashed us in the 80s and every album we put out they just pretty much laughed at and it sold triple-platinum, and so much of that hall is writers, critics. But what we've done over the years is quietly just continue to be relevant, so maybe they weren't right about us."
There are hopes, of course, that a Journey induction will lead to a reunion with singer Steve Perry, who was with the band from 1978-98 and sang all of its biggest hits.
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.