Bon Jovi Will Be Inducted Into The Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Fame
It's been a long time coming, but Bon Jovi will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018.
For founder, frontman and namesake Jon Bon Jovi, the news came with many emotions.
"It's good news for everybody," he told Variety. "For the band, for the people who support us, for our families ... some of us are even relieved!"
Wednesday morning's induction announcement - which will see the group inducted along with the Moody Blues, the Cars, Dire Straits, Nina Simone and gospel singer-guitarist Sister Rosetta Tharpe - is a validation for the New Jersey rockers, who missed out in 2011.
Bon Jovi credited the band's supportive fan base, who came out strong with a dominating public fan vote of 1,162,146 votes, 214,000 ahead of The Moody Blues.
"The last time we were nominated there wasn't a fan vote. There were a lot of people wondering why we didn't get in that year," he said.
"The Hall has recognised that it's the people's Hall, and we are really grateful to have the support that we didn't have the benefit of last time."
Bon Jovi said everyone would be invited to the ceremony -- including former bassist Alec John Such and estranged guitarist Richie Sambora.
"We are welcoming them both, and inviting them to come on (stage). It's just a joyous celebration."
Bon Jovi has already been inducted along with Sambora into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the group was inducted into the UK Hall of Fame in 2006.
Bon Jovi is gearing up for a 2018 tour, and two new songs are ready to be released as part of a re-release of 2016's No. 1 album, This House Is Not for Sale.
As for his fellow inductees, Bon Jovi has one specific hope for the evening.
"I really do hope Dire Straits gets back together for it. I think it will be awesome."