Bon Jovi Performs with Richie Sambora and More 2018 Rock Hall Highlights

Esther Moore
April 16, 2018

The most unexpected source of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama this year came from various Dire Straits members, with half of the chaps ultimately choosing to avoid the ceremony for inexplicable reasons.

Simone, who died in 2003, was welcomed into the Rock corridor at a radical way from performers who has deeply motivated, from Lauryn Hill and Andra Day into Mary J. Blige.

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

"It's terrific that Tharpe is inducted this year", said Greg Harris, the chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some days, I write the "Thank you" speech. In the end, it's really all about time'. "Not just this year, but the two previous years that we didn't get in", he joked. Bassist Alec John Such left the band in 1993, while guitarist Richie Sambora departed in 2013. The group then proceeded to power through several of their mammoth hits, including "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life".

Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who died in 1973, will earn the prestigious honour Saturday night at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock Hall is based.

"Writing it was therapeutic for me", Bon Jovi said. Her brother, Jon Wayman, accepted the enshrinement trophy on her behalf.

Of course, the rest of the evening was not without its other highlights, which also included a "greatest hits" performance from new-wave legends The Cars, a cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl" by The Killers, and a touching tribute to Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell by Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell and Heart's Ann Wilson.

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An inspiration to musicians from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash, Tharpe was called "the godmother of rock and roll" Saturday night by Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard, who inducted one her biggest influences.

After a long wait, the Moody Blues have moved into rock's rarest room.

Benjamin Orr passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer in 2000, four years before The Cars were eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors.

"I know there's been a lot of speculation about the fact that Mark is not here, but I can assure you, it's just a personal thing".

Flowers of the Killers, who has covered The Cars' songs at his live shows, was ecstatic and energetic as he inducted the band into the Rock Hall, even getting on his knee to hand the members their award as they walked onstage.

The taped ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.

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