Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and NWA join rock hall

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Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

NEW YORK (AP) – The groundbreaking Los Angeles rap act N.W.A. will join a quartet of 1970s era FM radio rockers – Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and Steve Miller – as 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Longlist nominees Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, the Cars, Chaka Khan, Chic, the JB’s, Los Lobos, the Spinners, and Yes didn’t make the cut this year. N.W.A., subject of this year’s biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” will be the fifth hip-hop act to enter, following Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C. and Public Enemy. “When we started N.W.A, I couldn’t have imagined this,” Dr.

Dre and Ice Cube, was elected after three unsuccessful nominations in a year when a movie about the group’s career, “Straight Outta Compton,” was a box-office hit. Their hard-core tales of life on the street on songs like “F– the Police” made them a provocative chart presence in the late 1980s and influenced an empire of other acts.

Deep Purple, formed in England in 1968, are regarded as heavy metal pioneers thanks to their ear-splitting live shows, ground-breaking albums and flagship track Smoke On The Water. It means that the group’s mark is kind of solidified. “It’s all legitimised in a way because the whole music industry has to honor the group in a way… I am humbled to be included in such an amazing group of great artists. ” N.W.A. is the only one of the five that is no longer touring, and three of the groups have prominent (living) members no longer in the band — Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore), Cheap Trick (drummer Bun E. Guitarist Miller came out of the San Francisco rock scene and became a dependable maker of pop hits like “Take the Money and Run,” ”Fly Like an Eagle,” ”Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love.” Midwestern favorites Cheap Trick succeeded with a highly amped version of Beatles-influenced melodies on hits “Surrender” and “Dream Police.” Their “Live at Budokan” album is one of rock’s best-known live sets.

Rock purists may not want to hear this, but N.W.A’s induction opens the floodgates for future eligible rap acts, which have a better chance than ever of earning induction: First up is 2Pac. I think the movie helped to get people to remember that.” The fresh Hall of Famers will be honored at the annual induction ceremony on April 8 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and HBO will film the event for future broadcast.

The inducted members of Deep Purple include most of those from its classic period of the late 1960s to mid-70s: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Rod Evans, Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale, the New York Times reported. But it does not include Nick Simper, the band’s founding bassist, or Tommy Bolin, who played guitar on only one studio album (“Come Taste the Band,” 1975). Cheap Trick moved swiftly to capitalize on the honor, announcing Thursday they had signed a new deal with Taylor Swift’s label, Big Machine Records. While initially taking up political themes, Chicago turned into the quintessential soft rock band with a slew of radio-friendly ballads such as If You Leave Me Now, Hard to Say I’m Sorry and You’re the Inspiration. Brushed off by some as simple power-pop, The Cars were actually at the forefront of the synthesizer movement, which would go on to affect numerous bands, including a few Rock Hall inductees.

Steve Miller, while born in Wisconsin, became a leading force in the cultural mix in San Francisco in the 1960s as he experimented wuth jazz, blues and other American roots music. Everyone from Beck and Kylie Minogue borrowed from Duran Duran’s highly successful formula of style and well-written songs that stand the test of time. The Atlanta duo has essential albums and songs, and has something no other hip-hop act outside of Lauryn Hill can claim – a Grammy for Album of the Year. Judas Priest’s status as a Rock Hall snub is all the more shocking given that the museum already inducted Black Sabbath, the other godfathers of the metal genre, years ago.

King is already in the Rock Hall as part of The Drifters, but deserves consideration for his solo career, which includes the monumental hit “Stand by Me.” “L.L. Nominated just once in 16 years of eligibility, the punk rock legends were just as influential as The Stooges and Velvet Underground, both of which have already been inducted.

Pearl Jam and Nirvana overshadowed them, but Soundgarden was the first band from the grunge era to break out into the mainstream, thus paving the way for the rest.

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