Cheap Trick, Safety Harbor's Robin Zander enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
After more than 40 years and endless fan campaigns, Cheap Trick are finally in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The power-pop band from Rockford, Ill., were inducted into the Rock Hall Friday at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, entering alongside Deep Purple, N.W.A., Steve Miller, Chicago and the late Bert Berns.
But locally, Cheap Trick's induction was the one most care about, since lead singer Robin Zander has lived in Safety Harbor for more than 20 years.
"Who knew that 'I want you to want me' would become such a defining phrase for a rock band from Rockford, Ill.?" Zander said in his induction speech, according to Rolling Stone. "Seems like such a stupid phrase, but it works, I guess.
"Music has always been my savior," he continued. "It found me at an early age. It's all I've ever done for a living. You can write 'retirement' on my tombstone."
Zander thanked his mom and dad, his brothers, his children and his wife Pamela. "Nobody loves me like you do," he told her. "And I love you so."
And, of course, he thanked the fans who campaigned so hard for Cheap Trick's Rock Hall induction.
"Our fans really deserve this honor more than anyone for sticking up for us as long as they have," he said. "I know that's been rough over the years, but most of all, thanks to this band, Cheap Trick, for giving me the life I've always dreamed of and our families for putting up with this for over 40 years."
Cheap Trick took the stage near the end of the night to perform a handful of hits, including I Want You to Want Me, Dream Police and Surrender with original drummer Bun E. Carlos. They also led the end-of-the-night jam on Fats Domino's Ain't That a Shame, featuring Sheryl Crow, Little Steven Van Zandt and members of Deep Purple.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on April 30. If you can't wait until then, Rolling Stone has plenty of in-depth coverage here.
-- Jay Cridlin