Rock Hall 2018: Which Band Members Were Nominated?

Bon Jovi
One of the greatest sources of controversy with the Rock Hall each year is the snubbing of particular members of inducted bands. We even made a giant list of the most egregious examples.

In an attempt to get ahead of these controversies, the Rock Hall has started releasing which members are included at the time the nominees are announced, in the hopes to get the furor out of the way by the time the inductees are announced in December. So, of the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees, which members of the nominated bands made the cut? Let’s take a look:

Bon Jovi
Nominees: David Bryan, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Alec John Such, and Tico Torres
Who did the Rock Hall miss? Hugh McDonald has been Bon Jovi’s (unofficial?) bass player for the last 20+ years (maybe since the beginning?) and might be this year’s most egregious snub. Also, Phil X has filled in recently for Richie Sambora on guitar.
The Cars
Nominees: Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, David Robinson, Ric Ocasek, and Benjamin Orr
Who did the Rock Hall miss? No one.
Depeche Mode
Nominees: Vince Clarke, Andy Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Alan Wilder
Who did the Rock Hall miss? Touring members Christian Eigner and Peter Gordeno.
Dire Straits
Nominees: Alan Clark, Guy Fletcher, John Illsley, David Knopfler, Mark Knopfler, and Pick Withers
Who did the Rock Hall miss? Guitarists Hal Lindes, Jack Sonni, and drummer Terry Williams would seem to have a case for inclusion.
Eurythmics
Nominees: Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart
Who did the Rock Hall miss? No one.
The J. Geils Band
Nominees: Stephen Jo Bladd, Magic Dick, J. Geils, Seth Justman, Danny Klein, and Peter Wolf
Who did the Rock Hall miss? No one.
Judas Priest
Nominees: Les Binks, K. K. Downing, Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Dave Holland, Glenn Tipton, and Scott Travis
Who did the Rock Hall miss? Halford, Downing, Tipton, and Hill formed the core band while they had a revolving door of drummers. Drummers Binks, Holland and Travis were included, while early drummers John Hinch, Alan Moore and Simon Phillips were left out. Short term subs, vocalist Tim Owens and guitarist Richie Faulkner, were not included.
MC5
Nominees: Michael Davis, Wayne Kramer, Fred “Sonic” Smith, Dennis Thompson, and Rob Tyner
Who did the Rock Hall miss? Early contributors Leo LeDuc, Billy Vargo, Bob Gaspar and Patrick Burrows were left out.
The Meters
Nominees: Joseph Modeliste, Art Neville, Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli, and George Porter Jr.
Who did the Rock Hall miss? Pretty much anyone who joined the group after 1976: Willie West, Russell Batiste, David Batiste, Sr., Brian Stoltz and Ian Neville.
The Moody Blues
Nominees: Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder, and Ray Thomas
Who did the Rock Hall miss? Early members Denny Laine, Clint Warwick, and Rodney Clark. Also missing is 80’s keyboardist Patrick Moraz.
Radiohead
Nominees: Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Philip Selway, and Thom Yorke
Who did the Rock Hall miss? Producer Nigel Godrich has been an indispensable 6th member and deserves some kind of recognition, even though he’s not officially in the band.
Rage Against the Machine
Nominees: Tim Commerford, Tom Morello, Zack de la Rocha, and Brad Wilk
Who did the Rock Hall miss? No one.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Nominees: Dennis Belfield, Al Ciner, Andre Fisher, Chaka Khan, Tony Maiden, Kevin Murphy, Ron Stockert, Bobby Watson, Willie Weeks, and David Wolinski
Who did the Rock Hall miss? Even with 10 nominated members (so much for the rumored cap?), there are others who didn’t get named: Paulette McWilliams, James Stella, Chuck Colbert, Jr., Lee Graziano, Dennis Belfield, Nate Morgan, Richard “Moon” Calhoun and John Robinson.
The Zombies
Nominees: Rod Argent, Paul Atkinson, Colin Blunstone, Hugh Grundy, and Chris White
Who did the Rock Hall miss? They nominated the classic lineup but left off more recent band members Keith Airey, Tom Toomey, Jim Rodford, Steve Rodford and Sebastian Santa Maria.

So, did the Rock Hall get it right this year?

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