Safety Harbor's Robin Zander, Cheap Trick among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday announced its 15 nominees for induction in 2016. And while the Internet may be buzzing about the chances of Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails and N.W.A., here in Tampa Bay, we should be celebrating one nominee above all others:
Safety Harbor's Robin Zander.
Yes, Cheap Trick may be forever associated with Rockford, Ill. (and, of course, Tokyo), but lead singer Zander moved here long ago, and has been something of a staple of the scene ever since. His Robin Zander Band pops up in small venues like St. Petersburg's Hideaway Cafe, and his son Robin Taylor, is an aspiring musician in his own right.
Though they've been eligible since 2002, this, amazingly, is Cheap Trick's first Rock Hall nomination. While the Surrender power-pop road warriors have a long and influential legacy -- Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer are among their many fans -- induction is no sure thing. There's a fan poll at rockhall.com that keeps changing by the hour, but Cheap Trick are currently eighth in the voting, behind contemporaries like the Cars and Steve Miller.
Still, who wouldn't want to see a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in our own backyard? Cheap Trick deserve it. We want the Rock Hall to want them.
If you want to cheer Cheap Trick on, catch them at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Oct. 23. Tickets are $49-$59, with a meet-and-greet package available for $275, so you can wish Zander luck in person. Click here for details.
Also of note: Another nominee is Chaka Khan, who has a local show of her own coming up, on Nov. 13 at the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets are $42.50 and up. Click here.
The full list of 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees:
Nine Inch Nails
-- Jay Cridlin