Glenn Hughes, Robin Zander (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for John Varvatos)The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held tonight, April 8, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 31st annual event hasn’t been without its share of controversy, as founding members of two of the artists being honored — Deep Purple‘s Ritchie Blackmore and Chicago‘s Peter Cetera — have decided not to attend the gala after disputes emerged with their respective former band mates over whether they’d be performing at the show.

One honoree whose original members are putting aside their differences to perform at the ceremony is Cheap Trick, whose founding drummer Bun E. Carlos will play with his old band mates for the first time since 2010. Cheap Trick frontman Robin Zander talked about the band’s planned one-off reunion with Carlos at a Q&A event presented by Rock Hall sponsor Klipsch Audio at the John Varvatos store in New York City this week.

“We’re gonna play whatever songs that he wants to or whatever songs they tell us to, and it’s gonna be fun,” the singer told ABC Radio. “It’ll be a blast.”

Zander, perhaps jokingly, also declared that “anybody else that was ostracized from their various groups are welcome to come up with Cheap Trick [too].”

As for how he feels about his band finally getting inducted after being eligible for well over a decade, Robin said, “It feels great and I’m so happy for the band…and I really think the fans deserve this too.”

Ex-Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes will be inducted with his old band tonight, along with seven other musicians who played with the influential hard-rock group over the years. He told ABC Radio that he doubts he will perform with Deep Purple at the ceremony, but unlike Blackmore, he has every intention of attending the event.

“I’m graciously gonna accept my award with grace and honor, and tip my hat to those that have come before me,” he explained. “I’m really grateful.”

Blackmore’s decision to skip the ceremony reportedly came after Deep Purple’s current lineup arranged with Rock Hall organizers to perform at the event without approaching him.

Hughes told ABC Radio that he’s disappointed that all of the surviving Deep Purple members aren’t going to take part in the ceremony. “I just thought it would be great for the fans,” he noted.

Steve Miller, rap group N.W.A. and late songwriter/producer Bert Berns also will be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight.

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