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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snubs Bon Jovi – Again [POLL]

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi perform at “12-12-12″ concert at Madison Square Garden. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi perform at “12-12-12″ concert at Madison Square Garden. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

I was surprised last year when Donna Summer was nominated and inducted into the class of 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, yet snubbed Bon Jovi.

I’ve always been the “disco guy” and was happy with Donna’s nomination albeit thinking it somewhat odd. Still though, I sensed the unfairness of not giving the boys their due.

Not after countless albums sold, sold out concerts, world wide recognition. What does one have to do to get acceptance by the Rock and Roll elders?

So another year, another snub; and the ones that go to the head of the line read like a “who’s who.”
Here’s one that, as an RnB/Disco fan, pleases me, yet puzzles me. The inclusion of “Chic”, known for songs like “Good Times” “Le Freak” and other disco songs – not exactly Rock and Roll fare. Yet the hall is recognizing the group and one of its founding fathers, Nile Rogers, not only for his work with Chic and countless other groups he’s produced, but also for his recent work with the group Daft Punk (“Get Lucky”).

Happy yes, but still puzzled when I think of the juxtaposition of Chic against Bon Jovi.

Like mixing oil and vinegar – they just don’t seem to go together.

According to this:

Once again, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is giving Bon Jovi a bad name.

The Central Jersey band is not included in the list of 2014 nominees that was posted at RollingStone.com Tuesday night. The list includes Nirvana, Kiss, the Replacements, Hall and Oates, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Link Wray, the Meters, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes and the Zombies.
The top vote getters will be inducted in April in New York City.

Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million records and tours successfully around the world playing a blues-meets-metal style of rock, which would seemingly appeal to Rock Hall voters, yet they’ve been passed over since becoming eligible in 2009. The Rock Hall snub aside, this has been a troubled year for the band. Guitarist Richie Sambora exited the group in April with little explanation beyond the citing of “personal issues” and drummer Tico Torres recently underwent two emergency surgeries, from which he’s recovered and back playing with the band.

Fans can vote for the eligible acts through Dec. 10 on RollingStone.com and their voices will be weighed along with “artists, historians and music industry insiders of the Rock Hall voting body,” according to Rolling Stone.

Maybe fans, if at all motivated, should just tell the music industry insiders to just go (blank) themselves.

Another year, another snub.

Although something tells me JBJ isn’t all that much concerned. He’ll always be a “Jersey Guy”, and the kid everyone knew from “around the block” in his hometown.

Not to mention the rest of the guys – including Richie.

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