Bon Jovi Leads 2018 Rock Hall of Fame Nominees

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For the second time in nine years of eligibility, Bon Jovi has been nominated for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But do Jon, Richie, Tico and David deserve entry into the coveted hall?

It’s the debate we have every year around this time, and usually the point is moot — the iconic Jersey rockers were last nominated in 2011 and have been annually snubbed ever since.

But now the band formed in Sayreville has a real shot, as the “Livin’ on a Prayer” hair-metal legends are part of a nominee class of 19, announced Wednesday night: other bands include Kate Bush, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, The J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, MC5, The Meters, The Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and The Zombies.

So let the arguments ensue once more; Since forming in 1983, the band has sold more than 37 million albums in the U.S. alone, Billboard says, and continues to book stadium and arena tours worldwide. Is that enough? Has Bon Jovi provided enough sonic influence aside from its commercial success?

Last year Jon Bon Jovi took to the Howard Stern radio show to vent his frustrations.

“I had a big falling out with one of the guys that runs (the hall),” Bon Jovi said on the Show.

“The criteria is actually that your music had an influence on generations that came after you, and that it’s still out and very present,” Bon Jovi continued on the SiriusXM show. “Yeah, we have every criteria.”

The 2018 induction class will be announced in December. Last year, six bands and artists were inducted. My prediction is that Radiohead will enter the hall in its first year of eligibility, followed by the J. Geils Band — who has been nominated four times before — Depeche Mode, Judas Priest (how is JP not in already?) and LL Cool J swipes the hip-hop vote.

And you know what? I have a feeling this is Bon Jovi’s year. I think last year’s “This House Is Not For Sale” album and the success of the tour that followed put the Jersey boys over the top.

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