Cheap Trick is overlooked yet again and I just don't get it. I have never gotten why they have repeatedly been overlooked year after year by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Approaching nearly forty years together (which is an incredible feat in it's own right), non-stop touring of at least 300 shows per year, and a very loyal fan base who obviously know talent when they hear it (as many appear to remain lifelong fans long after any overplayed radio single has brainwashed them into doing so), this band clearly deserves to be inducted.
And if you've seen a live show recently, then you already know that they still sound every bit as amazing as they did in the very beginning. They never disappoint live, then or now. Watch their videos from recent shows back to the beginning of their career, and you'll see that Robin Zander - Lead Vocals & Guitar, Tom Petersson - Bass & Vocals, Rick Nielsen - Lead Guitar & Vocals, and Bun E. Carlos - Drums are all still very much on top of their game. Many bands cite Cheap Trick as being a major influence in their own musical careers and that influence becomes obvious when listening to much of what has been released in popular music over the years.
This is a band that has never allowed inner circle drama to get in the way of their ability to continuously create new music and get it out to their fans and their work ethic remains unmatched and undisputed. How many other bands that have been around as long as they have honestly make that claim? How many other bands have even been around as long, period? Cheap Trick plays anywhere and everywhere they can just because they love to play. It never was, and apparently never will be, just about the money to them and they deserve much more recognition and respect than they have ever received from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Music fans get it. Other bands get it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is
apparently the only entity on the planet that doesn't get it. As a side; I've been a fan since the first album was released in 1977 and I've been to many shows over the years, and this band has been consistently great live, at each and every one of them. I've also had a few opportunities to meet and speak with them and they seemed to be extremely humble and just genuinely nice guys. They have never come across as being "too big" or "too busy" to accommodate their fans. I won't mention names but I've seen a few inductees over the years that are truly laughable, but it's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that I find the most funny.
How on earth can the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame justify dismissing any band such as Cheap Trick who has been a constant creative and relevant force in music for so many years? I'm beginning to think that their wives (because I'm assuming that they all must be old bitter men with zero musical taste or knowledge) could never get over their teenage crushes on Robin Zander and they just got sick of hearing about it (and him). It must be something like that because I'm running out of any other logical reasons at this point. Well, whatever their reasoning, this band deserves some recognition from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Cheap Trick fans are nothing if not loyal, so I think I speak for many of them when I say "we'll wait".
If you still aren't convinced that Cheap Trick deserves an induction, then I strongly encourage you to research them to learn more about their accomplishments throughout their musical career. This band has earned their rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they deserve our support in making sure that it happens.
Why we are and who we are:
"Induct Cheap Trick into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" is a grassroots movement consisting of promotional efforts, including a petition campaign, all created to gain more awareness regarding the slight that has been continually shown towards the band Cheap Trick by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nearly 15 years since eligibility, really? No one band deserves it more. Cheap Trick is not a "has been" band, a "70's" or "80's" band, or a band that had only one or two successful radio singles and then retired to suddenly appear together again for a reunion tour when money or boredom dictated. Cheap Trick is a band who never went away. Period. They are one of the hardest working and playing bands in the business, and one of the rare bands who have continually toured and created new music for almost 40 years! They deserve much more respect for their hard work, longevity, and relevance in the music business than they have ever received from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Countless Cheap Trick fans everywhere all share the same confusion and continually question this injustice and still nothing changes. So why do we think that we are going to succeed at this? Because no one has ever organized an actual campaign created to bring about any change. Our goals are to; bring all of those like-minded fans together, work as a team to do more than simply complain, and create awareness for others in the process. Single voices fall on deaf ears but the message becomes much louder and harder to ignore when it's heard in numbers. We also understand that you can't just stick a petition online and hope that people sign it. You have to get the word out. It takes time and it takes promotion (and lots of it). We get that. And that's why you will find us many other places on line ~well beyond the petition page~ as well as street teaming at live shows and events. For now, please find more info about us and our campaign at the links listed on your right. We have a whole lot going on with this campaign and we would love to have you join us! Thank you for your support and your signature!
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I have known Cheap Trick personally since the 70s .. They well deserve to be in the Rock and Roll hall if fame.. They have proved themselves over and over again.. So let's do the
Right thing for a wonder band and great guys..
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