“Livin’ on a Prayer” rockers Bon Jovi, British bands Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, the late Nina Simone and The Cars will be inducted into the Rock amp; Roll Hall of Fame, organizers said on Wednesday.

The rock-heavy 2018 list marks a return to the origins of the U.S. Hall of Fame, which for the last two years has broadened its base to welcome rap artists such as the late Tupac Shakur and N.W.A.

Bon Jovi, led by Jon Bon Jovi, formed in 1983 in New Jersey and is still one of the greatest acts in the U.S. music business, releasing albums every year or two. The band toured the USA in 2017 in support of its “This House is Not for Sale” album.

Dire Straits, headed by guitarist Mark Knopfler, burst into fame in 1979 with the only “Sultans of Swing” and enjoyed a series of strikes in the 1980s including “Money for Nothing” and “Brothers in Arms.” The group broke up in 1995 when Knopfler embarked on a solo career.

Progressive 1960s rockers Moody Blues are best known for hits like classical rock fusion “Nights in White Satin” and “Proceed.” After several changes of lineup, the band is supposed to set out in January on a U.S. tour to mark the 50th anniversary of its “Days of Future Passed” album.

The Cars, formed in Boston in the late 1970s, merged stone and synthesizer-oriented pop to create hits like “Drive” and “Just What I Needed” before breaking up in 1988. The group reunited in 2010, releasing the album “Move Like This,” and toured in america in 2011.

Singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone died in 2003 at age 70 after finding fame in the 1960s with songs like “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” and “Mississippi Goddam.” Modern artists ranging from Elton John to Kanye West have imputed with influencing their job.

The inductees were voted on by music lovers and 900 music industry experts and will be inducted in a ceremony and performance series in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 14.

Artists that were nominated this year but not chosen for induction comprised British singer Kate Bush, alt-rock group Radiohead and the J.Geils band.

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail

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