Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. And Steve Miller Are The 2016 Inductees To The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
December 17, 2015 at 6:25 AM (PT)
THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME will induct CHEAP TRICK, CHICAGO, DEEP PURPLE, N.W.A and STEVE MILLER in the class of 2016. The new additions to the hall will be honored APRIL 8th during a ceremony at the BARCLAYS CENTER in BROOKLYN, NY.
"N.W.A, who made their fourth appearance on the ballot this year, is the only group to form after the 1970s. 'This means that the group's mark is solidified', ICE CUBE told ROLLING STONE. "We got some of the most creative, talented people in N.W.A that's ever been compiled in one group. It's just exciting that the group as a whole gets recognized by the whole industry as Hall of Fame-worthy."
CHEAP TRICK guitarist RICK NIELSEN told ROLLING STONE, "Usually, I'm a man of many words, but this has got me in a tizzy here. I'm verklempt -- Live at Budokan wasn't too bad. Getting our first record deal wasn't too bad. Doing 5,000 shows, not too bad. But this might get moved right to the top of our résumé."
"With so many lineups, it's a minefield," DEEP PURPLE's drummer IAN PAICE told ROLLING STONE. "If I was running the HALL OF FAME, I wouldn't have known how to do it -- But it looks like we're in and I'm very pleased."
"Frankly, I was very surprised that we'd been nominated since we've been eligible for so long," CHICAGO co-founder/keyboardist ROBERT LAMM told ROLLING STONE. "I think that the body of work, even just considering the work we did on the first album and beyond, changed the face of pop music for us to be considered influential."
"Anyone that was ever in the STEVE MILLER BAND will feel that they were definitely part of what made the band," MILLER said to ROLLING STONE. "Of course I couldn't have done it without any of them."