AceShowbiz - 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. Meanwhile, Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be presented with the Award for Early Influence.
Musicians are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single. Radiohead, who has debuted for 25 years, is the only act who doesn't make it to the 2018 class. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is the only act in the class who has debuted for more than 25 years.
Responding to the announcement, the band's frontman Jon Bon Jovi took to Instagram to express his gratitude for being chosen as the 2018 inductee. "Thanks for inducting us into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's finally here. Thanks for all the memories, and thanks for all the history we continue to make together," he said.
Bon Jovi's keyboardist David Bryan told Rolling Stone that it was "a Christmas Miracle." He said, "[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 it."
The ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 14 2018 in Cleveland. And the band has expressed their hope to take the stage together with former guitarist Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such. "They are a huge part of us," drummer Tico Torres told the news outlet. "We'd love it if they played with us."
David agreed with Tico's remarks, saying that their upcoming performance "is a celebration of what we were and what we are, so that was definitely what we were and we are what we are now." He continued, "I think it's a celebration of both those things. You'll see the current lineup and then see the original. It should be a fun night."