Rock & Roll Hall of Fame names 2018 induction class

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame names 2018 induction class

They'll be inducted with a 2018 class that includes stadium rockers Bon Jovi, late jazz icon Nina Simone, rock "n" roll godmother Sister Rosetta Tharpe, new-wave group The Cars, and '80s hit-makers Dire Straits. Since the nominees were announced in October, fans, music historians, and other notable musicians and people in the music industry have been busy voting to select the final inductees.

The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were on the ballot for the first time, while four of the top five artists on the fans' ballot: Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars, all get the nod. "I respect that", Bon Jovi said. Somehow, the immensely influential Simone had not been nominated since her first year of eligibility in '86. To be eligible for the Rock Hall, an artist or band must have released its first recording at least 25 years prior to the year of induction (or in the case of the 2018 class, 1992).

The group's classic 1967-1978 lineup will be welcomed into the Rock Hall: singer/guitarist Justin Hayward, singer/bassist John Lodge, drummer Graeme Edge, singer/flutist Ray Thomas, and singer/keyboardist Mike Pinder. This year marked the band's third nomination.Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited "Nights in White Satin" singers The Moody Blues. "He's absolutely invited and will be asked to participate in every aspect, including the performance, as will Alex Such. and they'll be able to join the band, the current band, onstage".

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Next year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees include a musician with Manatee County ties. Fans overwhelmingly supported Bon Jovi in their vote.

The induction ceremony will be held April 14 in Cleveland and aired on HBO and SiriusXM. Ticket details will be announced in the near future.

"Thanks for inducting us into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame". Your fans love you and thank you for your award-worthy work that keeps us singing and dancing through life.