It’s a proud day for the state of New Jersey. Rock icons Bon Jovi, who got their start in the Garden State nearly 40 years ago, are going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The class of 2018 was announced Wednesday morning, with Bon Jovi headlining a class that also includes The Cars, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, and Nina Simone.
“It’s a Christmas miracle,” Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan said upon hearing the news. “(We were) guys living the dream, getting on a bus with no guarantees in any way shape or form or anything. It was, ‘Let’s go out and make this happen.’ And we actually did.”
Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward says he gradually came around on the idea of being in the Hall of Fame and is most excited for the fans who followed the band for so many years.
“I’m extremely grateful to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for two things,” said Hayward. “For creating the supreme temple to something that has brought me endless joy since I was a little boy. The second thing is for, after all these years, including us.”
Of course, part of the induction ceremony includes a performance by every artist being inducted. For Bon Jovi, that’s likely to mean a reunion with former guitarist Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such.
“The idea is that it’s a celebration of what we were and what we are,” says Bryan. “You’ll see the current lineup and then see the original. It should be a fun night.”
For Simone, who passed away in 2003, a contemporary artist who was greatly influenced by Simone will likely be asked to perform in her honor. Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, and Alicia Keys would all be great candidates.
The 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14 in Cleveland. Those who can’t attend can listen on SiriusXM radio. The ceremony will also air on HBO at a later date.