Monday, May 20, 2024

Bon Jovi, Moody Blues Finally Make Rock Hall, with The Cars, Nina Simone, and Dire Straits


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally got with the program and is inducting the Moody Blues to their hallowed institution. It only took 30 years.

The Moody Blues are joined by Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone, and Dire Straits. Sister Rosetta Tharpe was named as an Early Influencer.

Bon Jovi is significant because they’ve been eligible for some time but overlooked. Jon Bon Jovi was so angry at Jann Wenner he pulled all the group’s memorabilia from the Hall in Cleveland.

DireĀ  Straits and The Cars represent the late 70s and New Wave music, which Wenner has no interest in. But he’s also stuck because acts who deserve induction are dwindling to a few now. In what is a tragic irony, Wenner still hasn’t managed to get the J Geils Band in. It’s a mark of his warped personal cruelty.

The two women who are inducted were legends of different value. They are also deceased. Nina Simone was wonderful but really had nothing to do with rock and roll. Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s special mention as an Early Influencer was no doubt thanks to Seymour Stein, the last real authentic member of the nominating committee. Sister Rosetta must be smiling since probably no one who attends the show next April will have heard of her.

Still not in and bypassed yet again: a long list of people.

The ceremony will take place in Cleveland.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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