“Long time coming! But it’s finally here.”
Bon Jovi will be honored along with The Cars, Dire Straits, Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Cleveland for the induction ceremony in April.
Performers become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. And while few would contest the band’s music sales (they have sold a reported 130,000,000 records) or stadium-packed concerts, rock critics have not always been so accepting of Bon Jovi into the historical pantheon.
But when it comes to the fan voting, the band is unquestionably number one in 2018. They received 1,162,146 votes, which comes out to a single vote in overall judging.
The five Bon Jovi members to receive the recognition include Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Tico Torres, Richie Sambora (the founding guitarist who left the band in 2013) and founding bassist Alec John Such, who left the band in 1994. According to Jon Bon Jovi, the current members are open to some form of a reunion with former band members. “I haven’t had the opportunity to hear from either of them (Sambora and Such) but without a doubt, they both will be invited and asked to not only come and share it but to perform,” Bon Jovi told Asbury Park Press.
Sambora co-wrote some of the band’s biggest hits, including “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ On a Prayer,” “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There For You.” And he’s open to the possible reunion for the induction. “Of course (I’ll play),” Sambora reportedly said during a “Trunk Nation” broadcast on SiriusXM. “It’s so good to be recognized. It’s a thrill.”
The 33rd induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14, 2018 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. The event will be broadcast later by HBO and SiriusXM.