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HBO Canada is airing The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: 2016 Induction Ceremony Saturday, April 30 at 8pm ET/7pm PT and will feature some of the most influential acts in rock and hip hop.
Sure, you’ve heard of N.W.A and maybe you even saw Straight Outta Compton last year and know how much they’ve influenced artists like Kendrick Lamar and Jay Z. But do you know that the other inductees have also helped shape the music you listen to today? Let’s take a look.
Inductees: Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, Robin Zander
Induction: Kid Rock
Songs You Should Know: “I Want You To Want Me,” “Surrender”
Influence: Cheap Trick are the godfathers of grunge, with everyone from Kurt Cobain to Billy Corgan listing them as one of their favourite bands. Most recently, you heard Cheap Trick as the band who played the theme music to The Colbert Report.
Inductees: Peter Cetera, Terry Kath, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, Walter Parazaider, Danny Seraphine
Induction: Rob Thomas
Songs You Should Know: “Saturday In The Park,” “You’re The Inspiration”
Influence: Chicago made their mark in the 1970s by melding jazz, funk and rock together and setting their upbeat tracks to political lyrics. Jimi Hendrix was said to have loved the band’s horn section and guitar playing. In 2012, Selena Gomez covered Chicago’s “Love Me Tomorrow.”
Inductees: Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, Rod Evans, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, Jon Lord, Ian Paice
Induction: Lars Ulrich
Songs You Should Know: “Smoke On The Water,” “Hush”
Influence: Considered the “unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal” with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple have been sampled by everyone from Public Enemy (“Lost At Birth) to will.i.am and Usher (“OMG”). Their albums helped bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden find their sound. The guitar riff from the band’s 1972 single “Smoke On The Water” is considered one of the greatest in rock history.
Inductees: DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren
Induction: Kendrick Lamar
Songs You Should Know: “Straight Outta Compton,” “Boyz In Da Hood”
Influence: N.W.A’s impact can still be felt in some of the biggest hip hop acts of the past 25 years, with Eminem, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Bone Thugs N Harmony as just some of the musical acts that have cited the West Coast rappers as their greatest influence. Founding member Ice Cube believes the group’s message goes past music, with shows like South Park benefiting from N.W.A paving the way for free speech.
Inductee: Steve Miller
Induction: The Black Keys
Songs You Should Know: “The Joker,” “Fly Like An Eagle”
Influence: Kids of the ’90s will best recognize Steve Miller’s “Fly Like An Eagle” by Seal’s cover of the song for Space Jam and Sugar Ray’s “Abracadabra” cover. Receiving his musical training by playing with blues greats Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Buddy Guy, Miller created some of the catchiest songs of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.