Voting has concluded for the 2016 class of inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Who got in and who got left out? One group that epitomizes “70’s soft rock” (Chicago), one group recorded arguably the greatest riff in rock and roll history (Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”) and the kings of Gangsta rap (N.W.A.) highlight this year’s class. This year’s biggest snubs include Nine Inch Nails, The Cars, The Cure, Chic, The Spinners, Yes, Chaka Khan, and Janet Jackson.
To qualify for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you must have released your first album at least 25 years ago and then get voted in by a nomination panel of over 600 rock historians and prominent industry “experts” (aka biased friends of Rolling Stone Magazine founder, Jann Wenner). Critics argue that if Jann Wenner doesn’t think you’re worthy (KISS, Journey, Yes, …..) then you’re out of luck. Thankfully, KISS finally got in last year after almost a decade of being excluded from the final cut. Add Cheaptrick to that list of underrated bands that are finally getting the credit they’re due.
STEVE MILLER BAND