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The Wait is Over for Bon Jovi

The Wait is Over for Bon Jovi”

The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 900 voters, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's online fan vote.

Four of the inductees - Simone, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Tharpe - were on the ballot for the first time.

They eventually recorded their debut album titled Bon Jovi which was released in January 1984 which included their first hit single Runaway which happened to reach the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100. The "You Might Think" rockers will be inducted on April 14 in Cleveland, where the band's founders, Ric Ocasek and the late Benjamin Orr, who was born and raised in a Cleveland suburb, first met before relocating to Boston. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also eligible since 1986, will be inducted as an early influence.

The famed rock band, who rose to fame in the '80s and is led by Jon Bon Jovi, joins Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, the Cars and the late Nina Simone in the class of 2018.

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The likes of Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, MC5, LL Cool J and Judas Priest were overlooked by the Hall of Fame this year. An edited version of the ceremony will air on HBO. When questioned by Rolling Stone about the possibility of a reunion with former members guitarist Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such, drummer Tico Torres stated, "They are a huge part of us".

The Cars also recognized the honor on Twitter early Wednesday. She is often referred to as the "godmother of rock and roll".

Ballots are cast by approximately 1,000 artists, historians, critics (including this writer) and other music industry professionals.



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