Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘I’m Verklempt’

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Deep Purple, N.W.A enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Deep Purple, the English heavy metal band formed in Hertford in 1968, have joined Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath in America’s prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Deep Purple, who have sold more than 100 million records, were once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest rock band in the world. NWA, led by Dr Dre and Ice Cube, was elected after three unsuccessful nominations in a year when a movie about their career, Straight Outta Compton, was a box office hit.

Cheap Trick, Chicago and Steve Miller — all of whom started in the Midwest — were voted into the rock hall on their first appearances on the ballot, it was announced late Wednesday night. The band has gone through several line-up changes in the past four decades and now feature Ian Paice, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and Don Airey. Their hardcore tales of life on the street on songs such as Fuck tha Police made them a provocative chart presence in the late 1980s and influenced an empire of other acts. N.W.A. was obviously buoyed by the well received 2015 biopic “Straight Outta Compton” that profiled the influential Los Angeles rap crew that included Dr.

N.W.A – which stands for Niggaz Wit Attitudes – have raised the political profile of hip-hop and given rise to the solo careers of Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E and Dr. Guitarist Miller came out of the San Francisco rock scene and became a dependable maker of pop hits such as Take the Money and Run, Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner and Jungle Love. Power popsters Cheap Trick of Rockford, Ill., landed in the hall on the strength of such 1970s hits as “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender” as well as the enduring fun of their live performances.

Janet Jackson and Mexican-American trailblazers Los Lobos, were passed over, along with disco band Chic, who maintained a losing streak after a record 10 nominations.

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