Are you ready to rock? Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Deep Purple and more will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 8. Before a single guitar is smashed after a killer solo, get to know more about the groups going into the Hall of Fame this year.
It’s one of rock and roll’s biggest nights, as five major acts will join the other legends in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Before groups like N.W.A. and Cheap Trick receive rock’s highest honor, here are some facts about this year’s Hall of Famers.
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Comedian Jimmy Pardo‘s, 49, favorite band was formed in 1967 and over it’s nearly 50-year-career, Chicago has released 24 studio albums. They’ve had five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles. The band is known for hits like “Saturday In The Park” and “Look Away.” Founding singing Peter Cetera, 71, left the band in 1985 to launch a successful solo career and he was replaced by Jason Scheff, 53.
2. Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick is best known as the band that sang, “I Want You To Want Me.” While none of the band’s first three albums cracked the Top 40 in the U.S., the band was huge in Japan, scoring three gold records. When they toured the country in 1978, they caused a panic that was similar to Beatlemania, per Rolling Stone. The live album recorded on that tour, Cheap Trick at Budokan, went triple-platinum in the U.S. and launched the band to international stardom.
3. Deep Purple
Deep Purple are considered to be early pioneers of heavy metal, according to BlabberMouth. The band that wrote the classic rock staple, “Smoke On The Water,” will be inducted by Lars Ulrich, 52, of Metallica. “I’m happy to play a small role,” Lars said, “and I am, as a humble fanboy, just looking forward to [the event.]”
N.W.A. will be the fifth hip-hop act ever voted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, according to the New York Times. They’ll join Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-DMC, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. “Rock ’n’ roll is not an instrument and it’s not singing,” according to N.W.A. member Ice Cube, 46. ”Rock ’n’ roll is a spirit. N.W.A. is probably more rock ’n’ roll than a lot of the people [think]…we had the same spirit as punk rock, the same as the blues.”
5. Steve Miller
It’s hard to imagine classic rock without Steve Miller, 72. His songs “The Joker,” “Rock’n Me,” “Abracadabra,” “Take The Money And Run” and “Fly Like An Eagle” have helped infuse the blues into rock and roll. He formed the Steve Miller Band in 1966, and one of the group’s highlights was co-headlining a major stadium tour with The Eagles in 1978.
That’s your Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2016, HollywoodLifers! Who do you think should be inducted next year?