Jon Bon Jovi has revealed that he had a “big falling out” with one of the people who runs the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and says more than one member of the Rock Hall’s voting board has “made it their personal mission” to keep his band, Bon Jovi, from being inducted.
“I called [the guy] a few choice words,” the singer explained during an interview today with Howard Stern (as reported by NJArts). “And I’m never shy, when I see him, to call him a few more choice words. And there’s other guys on that thing that have made it their personal mission to f— with me. And that’s okay. I get it. I’ve sold more records than their artists.”
Bon Jovi declined to say which members of the board he was talking about, or what caused them to come into conflict. But he was quick to point out that he believes his band’s career is worthy of the honor: “The criteria is actually that your music had an influence on generations that came after you, and that it’s still out and very present. Yeah, we have every criteria.”
When asked by Stern “who would argue” against his band’s inclusion, the singer replied, “These two f—ers in the room.” Bon Jovi have been eligible for induction since 2009, the 25th anniversary of their 1984 debut album, but have been nominated only once, in 2011.
Bon Jovi released This House Is Not for Sale, their first album since the departure of guitarist Richie Sambora, on Nov. 4.