They’re more than "Livin’ on a Prayer." They’ve been nominated.
New Jersey's Bon Jovi is among 19 acts nominated for the induction into the Rock and Roll Fame Class of 2018. Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, the Cars, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, MC5, the Meters, the Moody Blues, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and the Zombies are this year’s other nominees.
The inductees will be announced in December and inducted on April 14 in Cleveland. Fans can vote for their favorites through Dec. 5 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website. The top five fan-voted acts will compose a fan’s ballot that will count as one of the ballots.
This is the second time Bon Jovi has been nominated.
“They’re one of the great ambassadors of American music that’s appreciated all over the world on a very high level,” said Tony Pallagrosi, a Jersey music promoter and former member of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. “I’m very pleased by the nomination. I’ll be very disappointed if they’re not inducted and convinced that the process is completely unfair. If Bon Jovi isn’t inducted, it proves how biased the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame board is.”
Bon Jovi have sold 130 million records and they sell out tours around the world. The band has have been eligible since 2009.
“They continue to release new product and top the chart with it and they’re still one of the highest-grossing bands whenever they go out on tour,” Pallagrosi said.
Bon Jovi’s latest album, “This House Is Not for Sale,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart when it was released in November 2016.
Frontman Jon Bon Jovi has previously suggested the snubbing might be something personal between the band and Rock Hall voters.
“I had a big falling out with one of the guys that runs (the Hall),” said Bon Jovi to Howard Stern last year. “I called him a few choice words. I’m never shy so when I see him, I’ll call him a few more choice words. And there’s other guys on that thing that have made it their personal mission to (blank) with me. And that’s OK. I get it. I’ve sold more records than their artists.”
Bon Jovi’s 2018 Rock Hall nomination lists former members Richie Sambora, who exited the band in 2013, and original bassist Alec John Such, who departed in 1994.
Eligible acts for this year's ballot needed to have released a single or album by 1992 or earlier. Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 900 artists, historians and members of the music industry, according to the Rock Hall. Factors include an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique.
Vote for Bon Jovi @ rockhall.com - one ballot per day through December 15th, 2017.