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Cheap Trick's Robin Zander on rock hall: 'I was disappointed in them a long, long time ago'



Sean Daly, Robin Zander, Steve Spears/Times photo by Scott KeelerCheap Trick frontman Robin Zander is no fan of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Visiting the Stuck in the '80s studios earlier this week, Zander playfully scoffed when we asked if he felt any hard feelings for not being inducted yet.

"I don't even know if I would go if we were nominated, to be honest," Zander said. "To me, I was disappointed in them a long, long time ago. Look at a band like Kiss [who isn’t in the hall, either]. Come on! There’s a number of things they look at, but who the hell cares? I don’t need someone like them to tell me how great I am."

Hell no, you don't! Anyone who has seen Cheap Trick live can vouch for their greatness.

"Hey, I think our band is pretty damn good," he told us. "We wouldn't be around for 36, 37 years now if we weren’t pretty decent."

Speaking of timeline, the band is about to hit the big Four-Ohhhh mark. Is any big anniversary event planned? Not yet, Robin says, but he expects the band will begin talking about that next.

In the meantime, if you're in Tampa Bay on New Year's Eve, you should buy a ticket for their big show at St. Petersburg's Jannus Live. On Dec. 31, the band will recreate their 1979 album Dream Police in its entirety (along with a set of greatest hits), featuring an orchestra playing ABOVE THEIR HEADS.

Robin tells us more about the upcoming show in this week's podcast, along with stories about the band's early days, their legendary first trip to Japan and encounters with overzealous fans. Click here to download the show. Or click here to get all our shows for free via iTunes.

[Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 10:42am]


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