Artists are eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after their debut release. For every handful of acts that enter the Hall each year, there are dozens that never make it past the final ballot and hundreds more who aren’t even in the running. The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held tonight (April 8th) at Brooklyn, New York’s Barclays Center, with a truncated version of the evening’s events airing on HBO later this spring. Jon Bon Jovi, who along with Bon Jovi became eligible for induction back in 2009, told us that although he would welcome the honor, he’s not pinning any hopes of the band getting into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame: “Hall Of Fame, in all honesty, would be nice, but I’m not counting on it. I wouldn’t think that that necessarily would be so, and we’ll probably be one of the only bands that sold over a 100 million records and don’t get in. So we’ll see, but I’m, I’m not gonna hold my breath.” Richie Sambora admits that as popular and successful as Bon Jovi has been over the years — nobody is a shoe-in when it come to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “I think we should get in there at one point. I do. You look at our track record, and how many people we’ve made happy in the world through our music. Yeah, I think we deserve to be in there. Do I think we’re gonna get in? Don’t know. It’s definitely a political situation. It’s almost like running for office over there. I mean there are so many bands that should be in there that are not in there. So you never know. Who knows? You never know what’s going to happen.” The Moody Blues have been eligible for induction since 1989. Frontman Justin Hayward told us that he’s able to take being passed over for over a quarter century in stride: “If it ever happens, there will be people saying, ‘What are the Moody Blues in there? They don’t deserve to be in’ — so that will always go on. But, it doesn’t impact anyone who’s European. They have no idea what it is — it doesn’t make the news or anything. I totally respect it here, though, because this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame means something because it is in the land of my heroes. But that’s where it stops, really. I don’t lose any sleep over it.” We caught up with Yes’ co-founding bassist Chris Squire shortly before his death in 2015, and he told us that with so many years going by with no sign of the band getting the Rock Hall nod, it was understandable that he wasn’t waiting by the phone to find out if they had finally been picked: “I’ve never lost any sleep over it. And it’s kind of, obviously, if it comes together, it’ll be an honor — an maybe we should get Rush to (laughs) give it to us (laughs).” With Styx still a top live concert draw — not to mention having their name now gracing moons on neighboring planets — we asked guitarist J.Y. Young how he feels about the band’s chances in finally getting inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in view of hard rockers Rush and Heart recently getting the nod: “Rush is something I wouldn’t have expected. But because they’re sort of non-traditional. They’re a little more arty than the rest of us it seems. But Heart, the fact that the one sister was married to Cameron Crowe, who was obviously … wrote for (Rolling Stone publisher) Jann Wenner. Jann Wenner plays such a very big role in the selection process, that Heart makes sense in being the first act — and it’s women, so it’s unique. Yeah, Heart and Rush have now opened the door for the possibility in the future. But really, at this point (laughs), Tommy (Shaw) and I really don’t care.” Three Dog Night has been eligible for induction since 1993. Co-founder Chuck Negron says they’ve consistently been passed over simply because the group didn’t write their biggest hits: “It’s a very strange thing. For some reason Three Dog Night has been stuck with this stigma that we weren’t innovative and that’s mind-boggling. Based all on the fact that we didn’t write (our own material). We changed the music, the landscape of the touring business, we created stadium tours. And, y’know, if you’re going to talk about writing, Elvis Presley didn’t write a song.”
The RRHOF is a complete joke. The fact that YES, Styx, Journey, the Moody Blues, and scores of other influential bands haven’t been inducted yet is insulting, when you consider some of the bands that HAVE been inducted. It’s all politics. Oh well.. Tonight Steve Miller, Deep Purple, and Chicago will be inducted, and deservedly so. So, that’s a small step in the right direction. And, while I’m a big Cheap Trick fan, I think there induction tonight is a bit premature given those snubs already mentioned. Anyway, to read the rest of this article, click on the text above.