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Bon Jovi wins Rock Hall fan vote
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The votes are all in and New Jersey’s own Bon Jovi has snagged the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Vote. The band, which was never not far ahead of the other nominees during the voting process, raked in a whopping 1,162,146 votes. In second place was the Moody Blues with 947,795 votes, Dire Straits at Number Three with 613,749, the Cars at Number Four with 552,733, and the Top Five rounded out by Judas Priest with 538,508 votes.
Ultimate Classic Rock posted, “Per Rock Hall rules, the Top Five vote-getters will receive a single fan vote during the election to determine which of this year’s nominees earn induction. It’s more than worth mentioning that the fan vote isn’t necessarily an indicator of whether an act will ultimately get into the Rock Hall — although it’s worked out pretty well for previous winners. Kiss topped the polls in 2013, and were inducted with that year’s class; Stevie Ray Vaughan entered the next year after also winning the fan vote, while Chicago did the same in 2015, and Journey followed suit the following year.”
Apart from his work with Bon Jovi over the past 30-plus years, keyboardist David Bryan is best known for writing the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Memphis. Bryan credits all of the individual band members’ side projects and various diversions with keeping Bon Jovi rocking all of these years: “The thing about our band, which is very unique. . . I mean, most bands, when they have a break, it usually means break up. For our band, when we have a break it means that we can go and explore solo endeavors to enrich ourselves individually, and then keep coming back to the band. And I think, when you come back to the band and you’ve enriched yourself better as an artist, that you’re gong to be better within the band, and the band as a whole is going to be better.”
The 2018 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fane will be announced next Wednesday, December 13th on the Rock Hall’s official Facebook page.
The annual ceremony will take place on April 14th at Cleveland’s Public Hall, with an edited version of the festivities broadcast on HBO at a later date.
The final fan vote for the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is:
Bon Jovi – 1,162,146
Moody Blues – 947,795
Dire Straits – 613,749
The Cars – 552,733
Judas Priest – 538,508
The Zombies – 529,478
Eurythmics – 451,997
J. Geils Band – 349,319
Depeche Mode – 302,144
Nina Simone – 184,628
Kate Bush – 179,337
Radiohead – 176,310
Rage Against The Machine – 167,903
MC5 – 127,004
LL Cool J – 118,317
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – 111,158
Link Wray – 98,436
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – 84,625
The Meters – 59,045
Did you know?
30 years ago — the 1988 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame consisted of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, and the Drifters. Berry Gordy was inducted as a non-performer, with Early Influences inductions going to Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and Les Paul.
The 2017 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame featured Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, with Chic’s Nile Rodgers tapped for the Award for Musical Excellence.