Published: Mon, April 16, 2018

Bon Jovi reunites in Cleveland to enter Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi reunites in Cleveland to enter Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Hundreds of rock fans were surprised when Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and David Bryan of Bon Jovi, as well as Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues appeared at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at an unveiling of a plaque with names and signatures of this year's Hall of Fame class.

Sambora hasn't played with the band since he left in 2013 while Such hasn't been onstage with them since a one-off performance in 2001.

Bon Jovi will be inducted along with Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and others.

Radio superstar Howard Stern inducted the band with an irreverent, profanity-laced speech and also led the crowd in singing "Wanted Dead Or Alive", one of Bon Jovi's biggest hits that helped them sell 130 million albums.

As giant photos of Petty were displayed behind the stage, The Killers kicked off Saturday evening's tribute with "American Girl" one of Petty's best-known hits. "I said "I'm doing great, this is awesome". Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, while Andra Day will sing in her honor.

"Ladies and gentleman, get on you feet and pay some rock "n" roll respect to the masterful Tom Petty", said Flowers, before tagging the end of the song with a few lines of "Free Fallin'". Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and guitarist Felicia Collins (who plays guitar in the Marie & Rosetta stage show) performed in honour of another 2018 inductee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

"It's been long overdue", said Howard, who performed "That's All" with a backing band that included The Roots' Questlove on drums and Paul Shaffer on piano. This year was a little different, though, as the Hall also officially recognized singles for the first time, creating a new (and seemingly limitless) category for songs that shaped the course of rock music, from a couple of the earliest to some psych-rock staples of the "60s". "It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said in reference to Orr.

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. If I wrote a book, it would be the best time I ever had'.

Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited "Nights in White Satin" singers The Moody Blues, to be inducted by Ann Wilson of Heart.

Perhaps owing to the absence of the Knopfler brothers, Dire Straits - for the first time in the entire Rock Hall history - didn't have an induction speaker present them at the ceremony.

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