By Brian Ives
Earlier today, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sent out an email trumpeting their first three guest announcements for 2016 Induction Ceremony: Lars Ulrich of Metallica, the Black Keys and Rob Thomas. However, they didn’t say what parts of the ceremony each artist will be involved in.
It’s not a stretch to imagine that Ulrich will be on hand to present Deep Purple. A few years ago, when Rolling Stone spoke with the drummer about the Hall of Fame inductions, he said, “I’m not gonna get into the politics or all that stuff, but I got two words to say: ‘Deep Purple.’ That’s all I have to say: Deep Purple. Seriously, people, ‘Deep Purple.'”
Who the other two will be there for is up for speculation. But the Black Keys is a midwestern band who has consistently knocked out radio-friendly hits for years, so they would seem to be a logical choice to do the honors for Cheap Trick.
Speaking of radio hits, Rob Thomas has a ton of them over the years, both on his own and with his band, matchbox twenty, and has done so without ever being part of a scene or relying on any kind of image; it’s really just about the accessibility of the songs. But that description would also work for Steve Miller, who will be inducted this year as well.
The other inductees this year are Chicago and N.W.A. The 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. HBO will broadcast the ceremony a few weeks later.