For the first time in forever, a very classic rock oriented induction is going to take place this April at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. This year we’ll see Deep Purple, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Steve Miller and hip-hop pioneers N.W.A inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Deep Purple can easily be named an all around victory for classic rock fans everywhere, as they’ve been denied entry for shockingly over 20 years. Their denied entry has often been named one of the rock halls biggest faux-paus; and has caused huge controversy over the legitimacy of the hall. Their lineup has changed quite a bit since their first album in 1968, but the members receiving the honor includes David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Glenn Hughes and the late Jon Lord.
The induction of Cheap Trick has also been long awaited, and their inductees will include original members Robin Zander, Rick Nielson, Bun E. Carlos and Tom Petersson.
Only Chicago’s original lineup will be inducted, which excludes Bill Champlin who sang on a ton of 80’s era Chicago hits- arguably some of their best work.
As mentioned the ceremony is to commence on April 8th, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and is set to air on HBO later in the Spring season.
Three rock acts snubbed from this years induction are Nine Inch Nails, the Cars and Yes- who within the last six months lost original member and bassist, Chris Squire.