Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees Announced - Cleveland Article
Who Are the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees?
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees
For 2018, the list of inductees includes the New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi, Boston-bred new wavers The Cars, soul-stirring singer and activist Nina Simone, as well as first-time inductees Dire Straits and The Moody Blues, while gospel pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was selected to receive the Award for Early Influence.
“it’s a Christmas miracle,” Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan told Rolling Stone. “[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.”
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Voting
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band is required to have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to receiving the honor. The 2018 inductees were selected by an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and music industry elites.
The 33rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14, 2018 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland and will be broadcast on HBO and SiriusXM. Bands often reunite with former members at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, making it one of the must-see shows for music lovers every year.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Concert
This year’s lineup seems to present several exciting opportunities for these once-in-a-lifetime moments, considering Dire Straits hasn’t played together since their split in 1992 and the Moody Blues could reunite with original keyboardist Mike Pinder, who left the band in 1978, as well as original flautist and singer Ray Thomas, who walked away in 2002.
"On Friday [the day before I heard the news], I couldn't have cared less," Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward told Rolling Stone. "On Saturday, I was thinking, 'Wow, that's amazing!' I'm extremely grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for two things: For creating the supreme temple to something that has brought me endless joy since I was a little boy. The second thing is for, after all these years, including us."
Although we lost Nina Simone in 2003 and Sister Rosetta Tharpe passed away in 1973, the Hall of Fame is expected to bring in modern artists inspired to perform their music. Of course, nearly every induction concert ends with all of the night’s performer’s taking the stage for a star-studded jam session, so stay tuned! Public ticket on sale information for the induction ceremony TBA at a later date.
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