The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year’s inductees:
They will be inducted on April 8th during a ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Tickets go on sale in February. HBO is set to broadcast the show in the spring.
“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. It’s just exciting that the group as a whole gets recognized by the whole industry as Hall of Fame-worthy.”
“When we started N.W.A, I couldn’t have imagined this,” Dr. Dre adds. “I never thought the type of music we were making would receive such a high accolade. I have always done what I love to do, so to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is unreal. I am humbled to be included in such an amazing group of great artists. ”
“Usually, I’m a man of many words, but this has got me in a tizzy here,” said Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. “I’m verklempt … Live at Budokan wasn’t too bad. Getting our first record deal wasn’t too bad. Doing 5,000 shows, not too bad. But this might get moved right to the top of our résumé.”
“With so many lineups, it’s a minefield,” says drummer Ian Paice, the only member to serve in every incarnation of the band. “If I was running the Hall of Fame, I wouldn’t have known how to do it…But it looks like we’re in and I’m very pleased.”
“Frankly, I was very surprised that we’d been nominated since we’ve been eligible for so long,” says Chicago co-founder/keyboardist Robert Lamm. “I think that the body of work, even just considering the work we did on the first album and beyond, changed the face of pop music for us to be considered influential.”
Despite fronting the Steve Miller Band for the past five decades, Rolling Stone also reports that Steve Miller will accept the award by himself. That said, he went on record saying:
“anyone that was ever in the Steve Miller Band will feel that they were definitely part of what made the band,” he says. “Of course I couldn’t have done it without any of them.”
For complete Q&As with all inductees head over to Rollingstone here.