The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced today the five new inductees in its Class of 2016 are Deep Purple, Chicago, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller and NWA. Miller issued a statement today thanking those who voted for him. “From the Space Cowboy, the Joker, Maurice, the Gangster of Luv and everybody who has played with us through the years, thank you to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and to all the fans who voted for us.”
Deep Purple, Chicago and Cheap Trick have been repeatedly mentioned as choices for the Rock Hall. In October, Cleveland.com named Chicago as one of five musical acts, along with Yes, the Moody Blues, Journey, Bad Company and Eric B. and Rakim, that would never be inducted in the Rock Hall. So much for predictions. And a CNN blog in 2010 called Chicago’s snub one of the “most shocking exclusions” along with other acts not yet in such as the Moodies (again), Journey, Peter Frampton, T-Rex and E.L.O.
And as recently as October, Deep Purple’s Ian Gillian called the Rock Hall leadership “bloody rude and arrogant” for continually passing them over. He told Classic Rock, “I’ve heard that somebody on their committee dismissed us as one-hit wonders. I couldn’t figure out whether that hit was ‘Hush,’ ‘Kentucky Woman,’ ‘Black Night,’ ‘Strange Kind Of Woman,’ ‘Child In Time,’ ‘Perfect Strangers,’ ‘Knocking At Your Back Door’ or perhaps even ‘Smoke On The Water.’”
A Facebook page had been set up by Cheap Trick fans to urge their induction. It responded to the news of the Rock Hall announcement by saying, “THEY MADE IT!!! Huge thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. It’s well deserved and long overdue for Cheap Trick. Congrats to the band and fans!!!” The announcement brings the total number of inductees to 312 and the total number of groups in the Hall to 113.
Artists are eligible for the Hall 25 years after the release of their first recording. The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees were chosen by more than 800 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, as well as the results of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote.
The induction ceremony will be held April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. HBO will again broadcast the ceremony in spring 2016. Tickets for the induction ceremony will go on sale to the public in February. The Hall said a limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members in advance of the public sale date. The Rock Hall said it will also open a special exhibit on the 2016 inductees in conjunction with the welcoming ceremony.