Sure, everyone is stunned over Doug Jones’ surprise upset in the Alabama Senate election, but the thing that we’re most hung up on is that Bon Jovi just beat out Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, and most surprisingly, Radiohead for a spot among the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
Bon Jovi also won the fan poll for most deserving nominee, which means that more than a million members of the American public thought “You Give Love a Bad Name” is better than “Sweet Dreams.”
One person who probably isn’t pleased with this turn of events is Jann Wenner, the co-founder of Rolling Stone and — ironically — the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, a new biography about Wenner, the publisher was quoted as saying, “I don’t think [Bon Jovi] is that important … What does Bon Jovi mean in the history of music? Nothing.” Wenner also mentioned that Bon Jovi enlisted the billionaire investor Ron Perelman to help get inducted, which is essentially the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame version of Trump colluding with the Russians.
Bon Jovi has now subtly shot back at Wenner, telling The New York Times, “There’s no reason to get into mudslinging. The truth is that [the voters] all came around and said, ‘You can’t deny the facts.’” He then went on to brag about how many people attended his last three world tours, which is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame equivalent of Trump bragging about how many people came to his inauguration.
In addition to Bon Jovi, the list of 2018 inductees included Nina Simone, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who will receive an Award for Early Influence.
As for Radiohead, the band’s frontman Thom Yorke didn’t even care about being nominated for induction to begin with.
“As a British band, it’s one of those things that it’s very lovely to be nominated, but we don’t quite culturally understand it,” he told Esquire recently.
“It’s a very American thing. Us Brits are very bad at celebrating ourselves,” he added, referring to his native country of England, which is home to the BAFTAs, the Brit Awards, the British Media Awards, the British Home Interior Decorating Awards, and a royal family that receives worldwide adoration for its wedding announcements.
And just to make it clear that he didn’t care about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and that he wouldn’t even be available to be nominated anyway — because he didn’t care about awards ceremonies at all — Yorke booked a show for Radiohead in Argentina on April 14, which is the day of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. That’ll show ‘em.