Chicago on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Reuniting With Peter Cetera

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Chicago on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Reuniting With Peter Cetera.

NEW YORK — 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. 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. You’re going to go through lots and lots of musicians, and you don’t want everyone to get all upset when you fire your bass player.’ It turned out to be really good advice.” It wasn’t. 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. That’s really what my attitude always was.” We spoke with Lamm about the big news, sharing the stage with N.W.A, dealing with brutal rock critics and the possibility of reuniting with former Chicago frontman Peter Cetera for the first time since Cetera left the band in 1985.

Tickets for that will go on sale in February, but a limited number of presale tickets will be available to those who become Rock Hall members before Dec. 31. N.W.A, who made their fourth appearance on the ballot this year, is the only group to form after the 1970s. “This means that the group’s mark is solidified,” Ice Cube tells Rolling Stone. “We got some of the most creative, talented people in N.W.A that’s ever been compiled in one group. Artists are eligible for consideration of this music industry honor 25 years after the release of their first record. 2016’s inductees were determined by a combination of the hall of fame’s foundation — which consists of international artists, historians and other industry players — and online fan voters.

It’s just exciting that the group as a whole gets recognized by the whole industry as Hall of Fame-worthy.” (Read Ice Cube’s full Q&A.) “When we started N.W.A, I couldn’t have imagined this,” Dr. We’re about to ramp up and play a New Year’s Eve show for NBC in Chicago and then go on to Asia, so we have some production things we’re talking about. The fans, who are recognized as a single, collective ballot, select the top five nominees, which are then considered alongside the ballot entries of the foundation’s voting body. I know it’s looking a gift horse in the mouth for those of us who venerate the rock of the old days, but I’m disappointed – and a little surprised – that prog-rock pioneers Yes were left out. 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.

The five new inductees were chosen from a list of nominees that included Janet Jackson, Yes, the Cars, the Spinners, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths, Chaka Khan, Chic, Los Lobos and the J.B’s. I am humbled to be included in such an amazing group of great artists. ” Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen is equally excited. “Usually, I’m a man of many words, but this has got me in a tizzy here,” he says. “I’m verklempt … Live at Budokan wasn’t too bad. Winners of the past two fan votes — Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble for the 2015 class, and Kiss for 2014 — subsequently made it into the Hall.

But when you’re 59, “only 67” seems pretty fair.) It worries me, too, because Yes finished second in the Rock Hall’s own – potentially hacked – fan voting, pulling in a controversial 26 million votes worldwide. Formed in Rockford, Illinois in 1973, the band is known for such songs as “Surrender” and “The Flame,” which feature Zander’s soaring vocals and the sounds of Nielsen’s trademark checkerboard guitar.

I’m not so concerned about the allegations of geek-tampering, either, as the band finished fourth in our own informal, unofficial – and unhacked – poll. Carlos no longer tours or records with the band – which led to an acrimonious lawsuit that since has been settled – but he remains an official member, according to Zander. So I could argue that the Rock Hall has not listened to the will of the people who are supporting it, but given the other bands from my Geritol generation who made it this time, it’d be a weak argument. I think that the body of work, even just considering the work we did on the first album and beyond, certainly changed the face of pop music and is considered influential.

Of particular interest to metal fans will be the status of Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who hasn’t played with the group since his departure in 1993. As a composer, I can tell you that a number of songs that Chicago recorded have been sampled a number of times by contemporary artists, so that’s an indication that the music seems timeless. The hard-rocking, power-pop pioneers (Dream Police) found success in Japan before breaking through stateside and have toured almost nonstop over the band’s four-decade history. Drummer Ian Paice says he doesn’t know if he will even show up, let alone play with them. “He can confuse you sometimes,” he says. “You think he’ll do one thing and he’ll do the other.

I wouldn’t put money either way on that one.” Paice says that any decision regarding the performance will be made in conjunction with all the current members. “We don’t have salaried guys with [keyboardist] Don [Airey] and [guitarist] Steve [Morse]. The British quintet, which helped define the heavy metal genre with its organ-driven thick sound and early covers of Hush and Kentucky Woman, climbed the charts with Smoke On the Water and Woman From Tokyo. But most recently, we’ve seen six inductees in the performer category, and a couple in a non-performer category – the Ahmet Ertegun Award, the Award for Musical Excellence, Early Influence or Lifetime Achievement Award. Thankfully, we’ve never stopped touring and for at least the first 40 years, we recorded pretty steadily when we weren’t touring, so we were always busy looking ahead to what was next. The veteran guitarist has released more than a dozen albums with his Steve Miller Band since the mid-1960s, scoring hits with seminal anthems The Joker, Abracadabra and Jet Airliner.

When you have a long career and you’ve weathered the storms of different trends in music and the changing of the guard as far as tastemakers are concerned, you project a large target to be criticized or ignored, or sometimes actually praised. Why not?” N.W.A have staged numerous reunions in recent years, most notably to promote their acclaimed new movie Straight Outta Compton. “I think we can get Ren, Yella and Dr. Apparently, Cleveland agrees with him as well, as Jackson finished No. 1 in our unofficial poll, with a third more votes than second-place Deep Purple. Chicago topped the fan voting with more 37 million votes – slightly less than a quarter of the fan votes that were cast – while N.W.A. (which stands for Niggaz Wit Attitude) received fewer than 700,000 votes, about 0.42 percent of the fan ballot.

In order of finish in the poll, it was Deep Purple (11 percent), Chicago (10 percent), Steve Miller (9 percent), N.W.A. (8 percent) and Cheap Trick (8 percent). Once again, though, we will have the debate over whether hip-hop is rock, and once again, I will say that rock isn’t so much a sound as an attitude, an act of rebellion. Although given the lack of mainstream support on the suit side of the music business, the Smiths might be inducted in 2095 as an “early influence” act. Chic will continue to be nominated until Rolling Stone magazine and Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner croaks, and voters will continue to turn them down in their annual rite of sanity.

That smaller committee may have contributed to the already healthy amount of discussion that usually goes on before the committee decides on the final ballot. “The nominating committee certainly took a lot of time and had a lot of conversation about every nominee this year,” Harris said. “There was a very healthy discussion about each and every nominee, including those who didn’t make the ballot. The more than 800 official ballots that are cast come from all living Hall of Famers and select industry professionals and journalists (not including The Plain Dealer’s current pop music critic). I’m very happy for them. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

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