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.
R&B superstar Mary J. Blige welcomed Simone into the Rock Hall, and R&B singer Andra Day performed in her honor. Jon Bon Jovi gave a 20-minute-long speech onstage, which he said he had been writing for years.
"It's an honor to be here tonight, ladies and gentlemen", Stern said during his speech. "Some days I write the "Thank you" speech, sometimes I write the '(Expletive) you' speech", he said. "Not just this year, but the two previous years that we didn't get in", he joked. One of the biggest moments of the evening was when the guys of Bon Jovi took the stage with their original guitarist Richie Sambora and bass player Alec John Such. They performed together, singing crowd favorites like "Livin' on a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life".
Overall, the Dire Straits Rock Hall Induction experience will be remembered for not having a proper presenter, as well as a performance.
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The Cars have pulled into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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". "I'm honored to induct Sister Rosetta Tharpe into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame", Howard yelled following a video package featuring past interviews from Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and others praising Tharpe's musicality.
"After a full chronology of the history of the band, JBJ concluded: "'it's about time', because time is the most precious commodity we have.
Jon Bon Jovi will be inducted alongside current bandmates David Bryan and Tico Torres, as well as former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such.
The ceremony didn't end this year with the group jam session of the induction class that has become Rock Hall tradition. Band members thanked fans as they accepted their award after a speech from Ann Wilson, who praised their "natural intelligence". 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".