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Check out Bon Jovi reuniting with Richie Sambora at Rock Hall induction

Check out Bon Jovi reuniting with Richie Sambora at Rock Hall induction”

Wow, what a beginning.

An unbelievable tribute to Tom Petty was performed by The Killers. The first class of singles-all by artists who aren't in the Hall of Fame-was introduced by Stevie Van Zandt, who called it "kind of a rock 'n" roll jukebox; records by artists not in the Rock Hall, which is not to say these artists will never be in the Rock Hall. "And the truth is nobody knows not only me but the members of the band as well as Howard".

Bon Jovi, Howard said, "have worked their asses off".

When it came time for Bon Jovi's speech, he didn't disappoint. Hill earned a standing ovation from the audience.

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

Sambora thanked his fans and bandmates. Without any sort of presenter, they humbly accepted their award and apologized for the absence of frontman Mark Knopfler, whom bassist John Illsley said couldn't attend because of "personal reasons". She will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of blues rock band Alabama Shakes.

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Illsley did compliment Knopfler for writing music that made the band "stand out from the crowd". In an interview ahead of the event, co-founding member and bassist John Illsley said Mark "just didn't feel like coming, it's as simple as that". "It was a pleasure to go on this journey with him".

Each year, between five and seven acts usually make it into the Rock Hall following a vote by 1,000 people, including performers, music historians and industry experts. Fans expecting something special were left disappointed. Look, this is an honor long overdue. "We've been around the town the last couple of days...what an incredible place".

The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976 and known for combining New Wave and classic rock sounds, were inducted this year after being nominated twice before.

Orr died in 2000, but each of the band members acknowledged his impact, with lead singer Ric Ocasek saying "it feels odd being up here without him". "It's a bit weird, but life's unusual", he said.

The Cars gave an awesome showing of "I Guess You're Just What I Needed". The fellow Seattle artists paid tribute to their friend, who died in 2017, with a powerful performance of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun". He then mentioned former WMMS disc jockey Kid Leo and The Agora. "He referenced a new Rock Hall Induction category noting six influential songs, including Link Wray's Rumble", Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild". Soul singer Mary J. Blige then gave a somber speech as she inducted singer Nina Simone.

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. Cars members all acknowledged his contribution to the group, and singer Ric Ocasek even spoke about living in Cleveland for a short time, something which received an enthusiastic response from the capacity crowd at Public Hall. It could be a "Champagne Supernova" kind of evening. Whether this was at the behest of the Rock Hall or the lack of willingness by the band, though, only one thing for now remains certain: Be, bop, a, lua, baby, this was a major bummer.



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