One million Bon Jovi fans can’t be wrong. Bon Jovi received the most support in fan voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Hall’s Class of 2018 with 1,162,146 votes. Voters were allowed to cast a ballot of five bands for each day of voting, which closed Tuesday, Dec. 5, was open.
The Moody Blues came in second with 947,795 votes, Dire Straits was third with 613,749, followed by the Cars (552,733) and Judas Priest (538,508).
The bad news for Bon Jovi fans? The top five fan-voted acts count as only one of more than 800 total ballots.
The good news for Bon Jovi’s fans? The top fan-vote getters in the past five years (Rush, Kiss, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chicago, Journey) have been inducted.
Team Bon Jovi will take it.
“Thank you to all of our fans who voted for us to be in the Rock Hall!” tweeted the band on Wednesday, Dec. 6. “Your votes, posts, and videos went such a long way and we appreciate them all!”
Bon Jovi is one of 19 nominees for the Rock Hall’s Class of 2018. Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, MC5, the Meters, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and the Zombies are this year’s other nominees.
The 2018 inductees will be announced on Dec. 13 and inducted on April 14 in Cleveland. That day will be especially interesting as former guitarist Richie Sambora, the co-writer of the Bon Jovi classics, has expressed interest in joining the band at the ceremony.
“Of course (I’ll play),” said Sambora, a Woodbridge native, Thursday, Oct. 5 on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM. “It’s so good to be recognized. It’s a thrill.”
Sayreville native Jon Bon Jovi did not address the Sambora situation while taking fans’ questions during a Nov. 30 Facebook Live despite the question being posted multiple times.
This is the second nomination for Bon Jovi. Visit www.rockhall.com for more info.