Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Overall, while this year's Induction Ceremony didn't have the star power of previous evenings held in Cleveland, the high-profile event had its moments.

The evening performances included tributes to musicians who died in 2017, with the Killers performing Tom Petty's "American Girl" and "Free Falling" and Ann Wilson of Heart and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains paying tribute to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell with the artist's 1994 hit "Black Hole Sun".

Bon Jovi stole the show, reuniting with guitarist Richie Sambora and original bassist Alec John Such for the induction.

Radio host Howard Stern inducted the band into the annals of rock history while each member of the band shared lengthy speeches about their 35 year long history, reports Rolling Stone. "Writing it has been therapeutic in a lot of ways".

The band clearly loved the speech, laughing hysterically in the audience.

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#16 - The Cars' Elliott Easton paid tribute to his late mother, glancing heaven-ward and declaring, "We did it mom!" "Because this life is a gift".

Bon Jovi, with Sambora back on guitar, proceeded to perform "You Give Love a Bad Name", "It's My Life", "When We Were Us" and "Livin' on a Prayer", the band surprisingly eschewing "Wanted Dead or Alive" and leaving everyone with Stern's version in their heads. That left Dire Straits' keyboardist Alan Clark, bassist John Illsley and keyboardist Guy Fletcher to deliver induction speeches without a presenter or a performance.

Dire Straits, led by Mark Knopfler, emerged from Britain's so-called pub rock scene of the 1970s, which emphasized blues roots and no-frills musicianship in an era of angry punks and flamboyant glam bands.

"In the absence of someone here to induct us, I felt as a founding member I might be best qualified to do this", Illsley said. The dreadlocked Collins took over lead vocals to turn in a rousing rendition of Tharpe's "Strange Things Happening Every Day".

The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers returned to the stage to present The Cars, a group he felt still sounds like a new act.

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What did you think of Stern's speech? Opening with 1984's playful "You Might Think", they continued with the more muscular "Moving in Stereo" from their 1978 self-titled debut, before ending with "Just What I Needed", their first hit, also from The Cars. Weezer's Scott Shriner joined the band on bass for the set.

Blige inducted Simone, contacting the singer "daring, powerful, weatherproof and fearless". Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the honor. Watch footage of the New Jersey rockers performing at the Rock Hall induction ceremony below.

There were six: "Rocket 88" by Jackie Breston and his Delta Cats (1951), "Rumble" by Link Wray and his Ray Men (1958), "Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen (1963), "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Procol Harum's (1967) and "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf (1968).

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