The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Class was announced early Wednesday morning (Dec. 13), and while Bon Jovi, who topped the fan voting for the Rock Hall, found their way into the new class, Judas Priest, who also were included on the fan ballot, did not make the final cut.
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Singer Jon Bon Jovi reacted to the news by telling The New York Times that it was "about time", adding to USA Today that the band were "really pleased, obviously, relieved, humbled" and that "timeless and classic was always the goal". A nomination doesn't guarantee that the act will be inducted; Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine and Depeche Mode were among the other acts who were nominated this round, but won't be inducted.
Then again, the very definition of rock and roll has been debated following the controversies over some of the artists inducted. The other new inductees are Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone. When questioned by Rolling Stone about the possibility of a reunion with former members guitarist Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such, drummer Tico Torres stated, "They are a huge part of us". The "You Might Think" rockers will be inducted on April 14 in Cleveland, where the band's founders, Ric Ocasek and the late Benjamin Orr, who was born and raised in a Cleveland suburb, first met before relocating to Boston. To be eligible, artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the induction year. Bon Jovi was the clear fan favorite, with a field-leading 1,162,146 votes.