Deep Purple and NWA to Join Rock Music’s Hall of Fame but Not Yes

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Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘It’s overwhelming’.

The Compton, California, hip-hop crew – aka N—-z Wit Attitude – will join the 31st class of the Rock Hall on April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.”She called me up in tears, and I thought, Oh my God,” Zander said by phone from Los Angeles, sounding a bit like he might be tearing up himself. “I’m kind of verklempt.

Soft-rockers Chicago, heavy-metal forerunners Deep Purple, power-pop outfit Cheap Trick and everyone’s favorite midnight toker Steve Miller all get the nod. N.W.A.’s members – whose breakthrough story was told in this summer’s smash hit Straight Outta Compton – took to Twitter to thank their fans and share their excitement. “Thank you to all the people hitting me up about the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. The band has sold more than 20 million records, including its blockbuster live album Cheap Trick at Budokan, and scored radio hits like Dream Police, Surrender, The Flame and I Want You To Want Me. With their 1988 debut album “Straight Outta Compton,” they epitomized the sound of gangsta rap and encapsulated the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a South Central Los Angeles plagued by drugs, poverty and heavy-handed policing. So if he comes, I’m sure he’ll play.” Within hours of the announcement, Zander had already received congratulatory messages from countless friends in the industry, including famed Beatles producer George Martin. “It’s an acknowledgement that all the stuff that you did, being involved with something that you love so much, it’s just…” he pauses. “It makes you feel like, God, I’ve done something that I’ve loved all these years.

His wife was flooded with congratulations at their daughter’s school drop-off on Thursday, and Zander knows that when he returns home from the West coast next week, he’ll see plenty of well-wishers at Lightning and Rowdies games, as well as hometown haunts like the Whistle Stop Grill and Bar. “I can’t wait to get there and enjoy Christmas with my family, who deserve more credit than I do for this whole thing,” he said. “I love everybody there, and I just want everybody there to know that I appreciate their support. Sure, everybody loves singing along to Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” or playing air guitar to Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” but they’re relics in comparison.

I’m going to go out and thank everybody.” “We didn’t know when we started our band that it would last more than a year or so,” he said. “You just don’t know. Even die-hard Steve Miller fans can’t deny that the idea of N.W.A. doing “F**k tha Police” in front of an audience of suited and booted industry people is way more interesting than hearing “The Joker” for the 67,484th time.

Chicago: Over five decades, a sprawling roster of performers have made these horn-powered rock ‘n’ soul fusionists one of the best-selling American albums of all time, with hit singles like Saturday in the Park and Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?. Steve Miller Band: It’s hard to spin through the FM dial without coming across a hit from Steve Miller — The Joker, Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner, Take the Money and Run, Jungle Love, Rock’n Me.

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