The Come Sail Away hitmakers have been overlooked again, alongside peers like Journey and Foreigner, and DeYoung admits he isn't surprised - and fans shouldn't be either.
In a post on Facebook.com, he writes, "Fans of bands like Styx, Journey, Boston, Foreigner and others, are stuck with the fact that the people who decide who is worthy of induction are for the most part the same ones who never liked these bands. Anything said by any of us who were in those groups in defense will sound like sour grapes no matter how valid the statistics, how persuasive the arguments.
"Writers are adept at making unknown acts they prefer into a big deal, thus giving them pumped up identities. Styx’s former manager not only distrusted the press and ignored them but went one step further and actively antagonized them. He and I had many a heated discussion over his policy."
But he offered a little hope, adding, "I heard that Rush‘s fan base and the Kiss Army were instrumental in getting them inducted, so there are more ways to skin a cat."
Next year's (15) inductees were announced earlier this week (ends21Dec14). They include Joan Jett, Ringo Starr and Green Day.