Rock Hall of Fame will add Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits as 2018 inductees
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will add six artists to its collection in 2018 with acts spanning hard rock, new wave, art rock and gospel, Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland announced Wednesday.
In the performer category, Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Nina Simone were honored. Sister Rosetta Tharpe was inducted with the Award for Early Influence. Nineteen acts were initially nominated for induction.
The artists were chosen by rock hall voters and by a fan poll. Here are the comments that accompanied the announcement of the inductees:
“Bon Jovi redefined the rock anthem by dominating arenas and captivating audiences with hooks that continue to define the decade (meaning the 1980s).” The band has sold more than 120 million albums and played more than 2,600 concerts that have drawn well over 1 million customers, the induction announcement said.
“The Cars magnetism and intellectual arrangements resonated with an audience ready to leave the left of the dial underground and cement themselves into the mainstream. Hook-savvy with the perfect combo of new wave and classic rock, you can’t help but sing along to the Cars.” The band, with more than 23 million album sales, formed in Boston in 1976.
“Mixed with blues and a dash of country, Dire Straits was one of the few rock bands to break out in an era dominated by punk and disco. Introspective lyrics with out-of-this-world guitar and drum sounds made them one of the most original rock bands of the ‘80s.” The band also scored big on MTV, where its music video for “Money for Nothin’” became and instant classic.
“The Moody Blues, progressive pioneers turned synthesizer-driven rockers, have created over 50 years of exhilarating and significant music that has influenced countess musicians and rocked fans around the world.” The group formed in Birmingham, England, in 1964 and have sold more than 70 million albums worldwide; 18 of their records went gold or platinum.
“Nina Simone’s unapologetic rage and accusatory voice named names and took no prisoners in the African-American struggle for equality in the 1960s. Her triumphant voice sand what it meant to be young, gifted and black in a sometimes unjust and troubled world.” Simone died in 2003 at the age of 70.
“Sister Rosetta Tharpe was the first guitar heroine of rock & roll. Her heartfelt gospel folksiness gave way to her roaring mastery of her trusty Gibson SG, which she wielded on a level that rivaled the best of her male counterparts.” Most of Thatrpe’s gospel success came in the 1930s and ‘40s but she influenced the first generation of rockers that included Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. Tharpe died in 1973 at age 58 from a stroke.
Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first commeriail recording. The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Performer Inductees were chosen by more than 900 voters, as well as the aggregate results of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s online fan vote. The top five artists from the fan vote comprised the Fans’ Ballot that was tallied alongside the other ballots to determine the 2018 Inductees. Four of the winners of the Fans’ Ballot (Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues) will be inducted as performers in 2018.
The 33rd annual induction ceremony will be held on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland.