New Wave pop songwriters The Cars, R&B-infused progressive rockers The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the gospel inspiration for early rockers, rounded up spots in the 2018 class that will enter the shrine to rock culture. Bon Jovi was not "Livin' on a Prayer", their induction was a fait accompli: The Jersey band led the way with fans, with more than a million votes, followed by the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, and the Cars. Let us know in the comments.
Clearly, both of those acts should've been inducted in their first year eligibility, following in the footsteps of such recent successes as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Green Day.
The inductees were voted on by music fans and 900 music industry experts and will be inducted at a ceremony and performance show in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14. HBO airs an edited version of each year's ceremony, usually several weeks after it takes place. Bon Jovi had been eligible since 1998, so it took the band - fronted by the former Philadelphia Soul owner, who won Marion Anderson Award in 2014 - 10 tries to get in. Sambora tells Variety, "Oh yeah, I have no problem playing". Hopefully it's sooner, rather than later, because Radiohead fans are known to be vocal when their favorite band doesn't receive the love they believe it deserves. "The idea is that it's a celebration of what we were and what we are", he says. "You'll see the current lineup and then see the original".
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has certainly made questionable inductions before.
The band is the single most important and influential rock act to come out in the last 25 years.
The news about other 2018 inductees was received with nearly universal acclaim, especially Bon Jovi, who fans have always been pushing to have included.
Dire Straits also got a boost from MTV exposure on its hit "Money For Nothing" after its breakout song "Sultans of Swing" emerged in the late 1970s, featuring guitar mastery by frontman Mark Knopfler.
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