Bon Jovi respond to Rock and Rock Hall of Fame induction and prospect of classic line-up reunion

It was "about time", says Jon Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi have responded to the news that they are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.

Earlier today (December 13), it was announced that Bon Jovi are one of the five acts to be inducted in 2018, alongside Nina Simone, The Cars, The Moody Blues and Dire Straits. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will also be honoured at next April’s ceremony, inducted into the Hall’s Early Influences wing.

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”.

Bon Jovi also spoke about the band’s former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such reuniting with the group for the occasion.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to hear from either of them but without a doubt, they both will be invited and asked to not only come and share it, but to perform,” Bon Jovi said.

The likes of Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, MC5, LL Cool J and Judas Priest were overlooked by the Hall of Fame this year. Asked about this, Bon Jovi replied: “I feel like everybody who was nominated should get in.”

The 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on April 14, 2018 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.