NEW YORK: Five acts ranging from gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. to hard rockers Deep Purple will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not everyone wants to celebrate together.
The shrine to rock history will also induct radio-friendly rockers Cheap Trick and Chicago and experimental bluesman Steve Miller at a gala evening concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
While many artists see the induction as career affirmation, the 2016 crop will feature notable absences—Deep Purple’s defining guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and former Chicago frontman Peter Cetera, who have both moved on from their original bands.
Fans will be watching closely to see whether N.W.A. returns with Dr. Dre, who went on to become a multimillionaire executive at Apple and did not show up for a one-off reunion show last year in Los Angeles.
Ice Cube, another of N.W.A’s original members, said on the eve of the ceremony that “everybody’s going to be there”—but that the rappers would not perform.
N.W.A. is only the sixth rap act to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is based in Cleveland. Music experts vote on candidates—eligible 25 years after their first release—for induction.