Richie Sambora says that he wasn’t sweating Bon Jovi getting the nod for the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class.
Sambora told us that Bon Jovi being passed by every year for induction since 2008 was par for the course — and almost expected. We asked Sambora if he was anxious about whether this would finally be Bon Jovi’s moment: “Y’know, I gotta be honest with you — not really. I wasn’t fixated on it or anything like that. Y’know, we were never a critics band, or any of that kinda stuff, so what we did was more about the fans — and the fans really came to the polls, y’know? (Laughs) They voted like crazy, and that’s a testimony, I think, of the songs.” .”
In addition to Bon Jovi, the 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class will induct the Moody Blues, the Cars, Dire Straits, Nina Simone, and early influence gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
The event will take place on April 14th at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium with an edited version of the events airing at a later date on HBO.
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