Rock Hall of Fame 2016 inductees include Cheap Trick with Safety Harbor's Robin Zander
N.W.A., Cheap Trick, Chicago, Steve Miller and Deep Purple have been announced as the 2016 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today. The ceremony will be April 8 in Brooklyn.
Aside from N.W.A., the approved groups have heavy roots in the ‘70s, with continued success in the ‘80s. Among the other ’80s era rejectees: Chic, the Smiths, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, Yes and Los Lobos.
Illinois-founded Cheap Trick is fronted by Robin Zander, a longtime Safety Harbor resident. The band first found success with a live album Cheap Trick at Budokan, released in the U.S. in 1979. Hits in the '80s included If You Want My Love, She's Tight, Tonight It's You, The Flame and a cover of Don't Be Cruel.
In a 2011 interview with Stuck in the '80s, Zander talked about the possibility of one day being inducted into the hall of fame.
"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 wasn't in the hall at that time). 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."
Artists and groups are eligible for nomination to the Cleveland-based hall of fame 25 years after the release of their first record.
I’m most surprised by the exclusion of Chic - this is their 10th rejection - because the band is riding as high as ever with its upcoming tour pairing with Duran Duran (another band that has yet to even be nominated). N.W.A., which had previously been nominated three times, might have gotten some help from their bio-flick Straight Outta Compton, which has fared well at the box office this year.