Bon Jovi, Si­mone, Dire Straits to be in­ducted into Rock Hall

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CLEVE­LAND » Bon Jovi, the Cars and four first-time nom­i­nees, in­clud­ing Nina Si­mone, will be in­ducted Satur­day night as the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class.

Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sis­ter Rosetta Tharpe, who died in 1973, will also earn the pres­ti­gious honor at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 33rd an­nual cer­e­mony at Public Au­di­to­rium in Cleve­land, where the Rock Hall is based.

Bon Jovi, who have sold more than 120 mil­lion al­bums and launched mul­ti­ple No. 1 hits, was first nom­i­nated in 2011. Jon Bon Jovi will be in­ducted along­side cur­rent band­mates David Bryan and Tico Tor­res, as well as former mem­bers Richie Samb­ora and Alec John Such. Samb­ora left in 2013; Such left in 1994.

The front­man said though he and the other cur­rent mem­bers haven’t spo­ken to Samb­ora since he left the group, he in­vites the per­former, along with Such, to be part of the Rock Hall fes­tiv­i­ties. The band will be in­ducted by Howard Stern.

Broth­ers Mark and David Knopfler, of English rock­ers Dire Straits, won’t at­tend the event, ac­cord­ing to bassist John Ill­s­ley.

“He just didn’t feel like com­ing, it’s as sim­ple as that,” Ill­s­ley, in an in­ter­view with Bill­board, said of Mark Knopfler. “It just didn’t ap­peal to him, and I ap­pealed to him on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.”

Tharpe will be in­ducted with the “Award for Early In­flu­ence,” while the other five acts will be in­ducted as per­form­ers. She was a pi­o­neer­ing gui­tarist who per­formed gospel mu­sic and was known to some as “the god­mother of rock ‘n’ roll.” She will be in­ducted by Brit­tany Howard, of blues rock band Alabama Shakes.

The jazzy and soul­ful Si­mone, who died in 2003, was a leader in push­ing for civil rights and in­flu­enced the likes of Ali­cia Keys and Aretha Franklin. Mary J. Blige will in­duct Si­mone, while An­dra Day will sing in her honor.

Rock Hall vot­ers have re­cently opened their hearts to pro­gres­sive rock­ers, which ben­e­fited “Nights in White Satin” singers The Moody Blues, to be in­ducted by Ann Wil­son of Heart. The Cars, founded in Bos­ton in 1976, com­bined New Wave and clas­sic rock sounds. This year marked the band’s third nom­i­na­tion; Bran­don Flow­ers, of The Killers, will in­duct the band.

The 2018 class were cho­sen from a group of 19 nom­i­nees, in­clud­ing Ra­dio­head, who were ex­pected to en­ter in the Rock Hall in their first year of eli­gi­bil­ity, but didn’t make it.

Each year, be­tween five and seven acts usu­ally make it into the Rock Hall fol­low­ing a vote by 1,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing per­form­ers, mu­sic his­to­ri­ans and in­dus­try ex­perts. Fans also were able to vote on the Rock Hall’s web­site. All of the in­ductees had to have re­leased their first record­ing no later than 1992 to be el­i­gi­ble.

The event will air May 5 on HBO and will also be heard on Sir­iusXM Ra­dio.


In this file photo, mem­bers of Bon Jovi front row from left, Tico Tor­res, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, back row from left, Phil X, and Hugh McDon­ald pose for a por­trait in pro­mo­tion of their new al­bum “This House is Not for Sale” in New York. The band will be in­ducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on in Cleve­land, Ohio.

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