Bon Jovi Dire Straits Lead Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Class
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, the Cars and Nina Simone will all join the class of 2018. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be given an Early Influence award.
The induction will be held at Cleveland's Public Hall on April 14th, 2018. An edited version will air later on HBO and there will be a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Ticket details will be announced in the near future.
Artists are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Radiohead was the only act on this year's ballot in their first year of eligibility, but they didn't make it in. Bon Jovi is the only act in the class to have started after the 1970s.
"It's a Christmas miracle," says Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan. "[We were] guys living the dream, getting on a bus with no guarantees in any way shape or form or anything. It was, 'Let's go out and make this happen.' And we actually did."
Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward is equally thrilled to see his band enter the Hall of Fame. "On Friday [the day before I heard the news], I couldn't have cared less," he said. "On Saturday, I was thinking, 'Wow, that's amazing!' I'm extremely grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for two things: For creating the supreme temple to something that has brought me endless joy since I was a little boy. The second thing is for, after all these years, including us."....
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