Class of 2018 Inductees | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Posted December 16, 2017

The Hall of Fame, which is based in Cleveland, Ohio, announced the 2018 roster of inductees Wednesday: Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Nina Simone. Dire Straits. The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe are also part of the 2018 class announced.

Bon Jovi serve as the heaviest of the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Class, starting their career with their self-titled 1984 effort, and finding their breakthrough with 1986's Slippery When Wet.

Shut out altogether are first-time nominees Radiohead, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, Rage Against the Machine and Judas Priest (whose lead singer, Rob Halford, has a condo overlooking Balboa Park) in San Diego.

The members of Bon Jovi in 2016.

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Then again, the very definition of rock and roll has been debated following the controversies over some of the artists inducted.

The third time was a charm for The Cars, who had also been nominees in the past two years. The band says they're open to welcoming back ex-guitarist Richie Sambora, who left in 2013, for the induction, and it appears he's also down.

The Moody Blues lineup to be inducted are Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 ceremony will take place in Cleveland on April 14 with an edited televised version set to air on HBO and a radio broadcast on SiriusXM. To be eligible, artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the induction year. Asked about this, Bon Jovi replied: "I feel like everybody who was nominated should get in".