Cheap Trick are to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame today

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has paid tribute to Cheap Trick on the day the Illinois band are to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Corgan took to the Smashing Pumpkins’ Facebook account to talk of his love for the Illinois rock band, and their impact on him personally.

In a post signed ‘WJC’, Corgan wrote: “To Chicagoans, Robin, Rick, Tom and Bun E. will always be our Fab Four. Finally, the dang secret is out! Their place among the greats secure, their influence on the generations patently obvious, and no longer up for tiresome debate at some bar or blog.”

“And until you’ve stood on stage with them and heard that winsome, propulsive groove from within, you couldn’t possibly understand the real trick they’ve pulled. A masterful deception, not of guile, but of love.”

He adds: “I’ve told the story many times. My discovery coming via the radio, which played the same song by a band I’d never heard of (the wry nuance built in their name beyond my tender years) at exactly 10 minutes after the hour, every hour, hour after hour, until I’d set the clock of my backyard chores to it.”

“Factually I was 11 or so, but I saw myself as older; yet without a culture of compare. The closest thing to it being the heydays of The Beatles and the Stones, and the ‘Ooo; or, to a kid, a yesteryear.”

Read Corgan’s facebook post in full below:

A NOTE OF APPRECIATION ON CHEAP TRICK’S INDUCTION INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME (by WPC)I’ve told the story many…

Posted by The Smashing Pumpkins on Friday, 8 April 2016

Smashing Pumpkins reunited with former (and founding) guitarist James Iha for the first time in sixteen years in late March, playing a selection of tracks from the album ‘Siamese Dream’. Corgan also sang happy birthday to Iha during the set.

Corgan and his band are currently on their ‘In Plainsong’ tour. Once the tour is finished, they are expected to return to the studio to record the follow-up to 2014 album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’.