Arkansas musician chosen for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

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"I also want to say how much I love my fans and thank them for helping us get here".

The Rock Hall's 33rd annual induction ceremony will take place Friday, April 14, at Public Hall in downtown Cleveland.

Bon Jovi have responded to the news that they are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. Often oblivious to modern sounds, diverse genres, and the inclusion of women artists, the Hall of Fame tends to favor white guy boomer rock bands. Heading up the lineup this year is Bon Jovi, which comes as no surprise considering that they took home the fan vote, and the victor of that poll has gotten in every single year since it was first instated.

The names of the 2018 inductees were released Wednesday, and they include: New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi, New Wave-era hitmakers the Cars, 1980s Brit rock band Dire Straits, 1960s art-rockers the Moody Blues, and jazz soul pianist Nina Simone.

"It's a Christmas miracle", Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan told Rolling Stone. The top five artists from the fan vote comprised the fans' ballot that was tallied alongside the other ballots to determine the 2018 inductees.

I reported a year ago when Bon Jovi was snubbed by the HOF that Wenner and Bruce Springsteen's manager, Jon Landau, controlled the hall. An edited version of the ceremony is set to be broadcast on HBO soon after the event. Among the more controversial choices, at least for a vocal group of dissenters, have been disco queen Donna Summer - now the subject of a musical at the La Jolla Playhouse - in 2013, gangsta rap group N.W.A.in 2016 and folk legend Joan Baez and deceased hip-hop star Tupac Shakur in 2017.

DEEP PURPLE was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn't get inducted until previous year. The full list of nominees included Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Kate Bush, LL Cool J and Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, The Zombies, Link Wray, Rufus With Chaka Khan, The Meters and J Geils Band, none of whom made the cut this year.

The frontman said he and the other current members haven't spoken to Sambora since he left the group four years ago, but said he invites the performer, along with Such, to be part of the Rock Hall festivities.

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