Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announce 2018 inductees

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Other 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees will include Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, The Cars and Dire Straits. This year's class is predominantly made up of older acts; Bon Jovi is the only band from this year's crop to have started their career after the 70's.

Bon Jovi was notably the first Western rock group approved to tour the then Soviet Union when the communist system opened up under Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost reforms. The Rock Hall will host a week of events leading up to the ceremony.

Gospel pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe was chosen to receive the Award for Early Influence.

Inductees had to have released their first recording no later than 1992 to be eligible. They were nominated in their first year of eligibility, often a strong sign of success.

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announce 2018 inductees
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announce 2018 inductees

Bon Jovi, which received more than a million fan votes to be tallied alongside the other ballots to determine induction, has been eligible since 2008 and landed on the ballot previous year, but failed to make the final cut.

The 33rd annual induction ceremony will take place April 14 in Cleveland and will have its television premiere on HBO, as well as a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. Fans overwhelmingly supported Bon Jovi in their vote.

The group's classic 1967-1978 lineup will be welcomed into the Rock Hall: singer/guitarist Justin Hayward, singer/bassist John Lodge, drummer Graeme Edge, singer/flutist Ray Thomas, and singer/keyboardist Mike Pinder. Additional public ticket details and pre-sale offers will be announced in January.

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