One of my bucket list items is to make the trip to Cleveland, Ohio to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame opened on September 2, 1995 and the first “Performer” inductees included Elvis Presley, James Brown, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis.

The first “Early Influences” inductees included Jimmy Rodgers, Robert Johnson and Jimmy Yancey.  John Hammond received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” and Alan Freed and Sam Phillips were inducted as “Non-Performers”.

Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation's nominating committee selects the group of artists nominated in those three categories.  Fans are given the opportunity to vote for their favorites they'd like to see inducted into the Rock Hall in 2018. The top five vote-getters in the public poll form one ballot, which is weighted the same as the rest of the submitted ballots by Rock & Roll historians. The last day to vote is December 5 and you can vote at .

Here is the list of nominees for the Class of 2018: (Asterisk indicated first time on ballot)

Bon Jovi
Kate Bush*
The Cars
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits*
J. Geils Band
Judas Priest*
LL Cool J
The MC5
The Meters
Moody Blues*
Rage Against the Machine*
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Nina Simone*
Sister Rosetta Tharpe*
Link Wray
The Zombies

The top five winners will be announced in December with the induction ceremony to be held on April 14th at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.