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Rock Hall Preview: Bon Jovi

April 12, 2018

Bon Jovi get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Saturday (4/14) at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. Jon felt the band should have been nominated in 2008, the first year they were eligible, and elected for induction when they were first nominated in 2011.

In an interview he said, "There were moments when I was cranky because we felt that we met the prerequisites and we were still making number-one records and doing and being... The first time when we were nominated [2011] and ultimately didn't get in, there were a lot of conversations about were we legitimately not voted in, was there a little bit of covert action going on, and we'll never know. But afterwards they installed this public vote... That didn't exist for us the first time, and I think as a result of us not getting in there were conversations about how [the Rock Hall] is about bands of the people. So the fans have spoken." And they did, giving Bon Jovi more than a million votes.

They'll  be inducted by Howard Stern and will welcome former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such onstage. Rounding out the Class of 2018 are The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Highlights of this year's ceremony will air on HBO May 5th.

Jon Bon Jovi on Rock Hall induction 0410 SC.mp3

Jon Bon Jovi with his thought on Bon Jovi being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2018.