|Classic KFMC Rock News|
Next year's Rock Hall honorees in the Performers category are Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars and Nina Simone. The 33rd annual ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is located.
In addition, rock 'n' roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be inducted in conjunction with receiving the Award for Early Influence.
Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, Dire Straits and The Cars-- in that order -- were the top four vote-getters in the Rock Hall's fan poll picking the favorite nominated artists. Notably, four of the honorees were nominated for the first time ever this year: The Moodies, Dire Straits, Simone and Tharpe.
Bon Jovi is the only new inductee that was eligible for the honor for fewer than 10 years, having first qualified for induction in 2009. Simone and Tharpe have been eligible since the Rock Hall's inception in 1986, The Moody Blues became eligible in 1989, and Dire Straits and The Cars first qualified in 2004.
Leading up to the 2018 ceremony, a week-long series of events will be held at the Hall of Fame and Museum, including an exhibit focusing on the new inductees that will open on April 7.
Information on how the general public can buy tickets for the 2018 Rock Hall ceremony will be announced in January. As usual, an HBO special featuring highlights from the big event will air in the weeks following the ceremony.
Pat DiNizio, founder and front man of The Smithereens, has died at 62, the band announced on Facebook Tuesday night.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pat DiNizio, lead singer and songwriter of the influential New Jersey rock band, The Smithereens - America's Band," the post read. "Pat was looking forward to getting back on the road and seeing his many fans and friends. Please keep Pat in your thoughts and prayers."
The Smithereens had a string of rock hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s including "Only a Memory" and "A Girl Like You."
Fellow Smithereens Jim Babjak, Dennis Diken and founding bass player Mike Mesaros paid tribute to DiNizio on the band's website writing, "Today we mourn the loss of our friend, brother and bandmate Pat DiNizio. Pat had the magic touch. He channeled the essence of joy and heartbreak into hook-laden three minute pop songs infused with a lifelong passion for rock & roll. Our journey with Pat was long, storied and a hell of a lot of fun. We grew up together. Little did we know that we wouldnt grow old together. Goodbye Pat. Seems like yesterday."