Cheap Trick And Chicago Make It Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 17, 2015 3:11PM

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Cheap Trick photo via Legacy Recordings

During Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee season, the Midwest often gets overlooked. But not this year!

This morning the list of 2016 inductees was released and both Chicagoland legends Cheap Trick and Chicago made the list of five artists.

"We can't thank the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame enough for honoring Cheap Trick," said Cheap Trick bass guitarist Tom Petersson in a statement. "Thanks to all the fans who have supported us for all these years and to the Hall of Fame members who cast their votes. We are excited and honored."

The Midwest can claim new inductee Steve Miller too, since much of his musical education took place in Chicago.

"From the Space Cowboy, the Joker, Maurice and 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," said Miller in a statement.

Overall, this is the first "class" making it into the Hall with majority Midwestern roots, though two groups from Compton and England, respectively—N.W.A. and Deep Purple—also made the list.

We'll take full credit, of course, for the Midwest finally getting its due, since three of our four picks made it in this year.