Bon Jovi reunited for Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction

Irene MckinneyApr 16, 2018

She influenced countless musicians, including hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Kanye West and others who first discovered her from a 2015 Oscar-nominated documentary. He said he always protected Simone, and continues to do so. "Not just this year, but the two previous years that we didn't get in", he joked.

Simone died in 2003. Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the honor. Find other highlights from the rocking evening on the Rock Hall website.

The Democratic governor hailed the band as "one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time". Ric Ocasek, the singer of The Cars, discussed some of his early Cleveland shows.

Alabama Shake's Brittany Howard paid tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe with a powerful performance of "That's All" and "Strange Things Happening Every Day".

Playing electric guitar and singing gospel songs, Tharpe became a major star in the 1940s.

Tharpe died in 1973 at the age of 58, but her music lives on and is being appreciated by a new generation just learning of her legacy. "I know it's a little bit odd, but it's my honor to welcome Dire Straits into the Hall of Fame". Although it rained during the ceremony, not even a single fan left the arena.

With that, Bon Jovi then delivered what might have been the longest speech in recent Rock Hall induction history. Illsley inducted the band himself.

Howard Stern did the honors for the band, with one of the night's more entertaining speeches.

During a 20-minute speech, Jon Bon Jovi recounted the band's rise to superstardom from basements to sold-out arenas.

The band was inducted and also took to the stage to perform a slew of hits including "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin" On A Prayer'.

"Pay some rock "n" roll respect.to the eternal Tom Petty", frontman Brandon Flowers said, as photos of Petty were displayed in the background.

The group then played "I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band, ' 'Wildest Dreams, ' 'Nights in White Satin" and 'Ride My See Saw.' The ceremony will be aired in the United States by HBO on 5 May. The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976, combined New Wave and classic rock sounds.

It was a night of nostalgia, with an emphasis on 'better late than never, ' as rockers from Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues braved the wet cold of Cleveland on Saturday in the 33rd class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"Finally, it's the end of my speech", Bon Jovi said.

Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler isn't attending the event. Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited "Nights in White Satin" singers The Moody Blues. The hall inducted founding members Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, Such and drummer Tico Torres, alongside Such's replacement, Hugh McDonald, who stepped in in 1994.

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