Bon Jovi, Simone, Dire Straits to be inducted into Rock Hall

  • Bon Jovi, Simone, Dire Straits to be inducted into Rock Hall

Bon Jovi, Simone, Dire Straits to be inducted into Rock Hall

"The kindness of generations around this globe have allowed me, my opportunity to touch heaven, and so we now join a very elite group as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame", Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd at the unveiling of the plaque and dedication of a new gallery at the Rock Hall.

Simone received a passionate and show-stopping tribute from groundbreaking performers who she has deeply inspired, from Lauryn Hill to Mary J. Blige.

Founded in Boston, The Cars had a strong connection to Cleveland, the hometown of late bassist Benjamin Orr, who sang lead vocals on some the band's biggest hits like "Just What I Needed", "Bye Bye Love" and "Drive". He proceeded to trash Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner, whom he said worked behind-the-scenes to ensure Bon Jovi wouldn't be inducted into the Rock Hall.

Orr died in 2000, but each of the band members acknowledged his impact, with lead singer Ric Ocasek saying "it feels unusual being up here without him".

With her confident stage presence and distortion on her guitar, Tharpe took gospel music to new audiences in the 1930s and 1940s, helping set the stage for rock "n" roll after World War II. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

We snagged videos of all the visitors to the Rock Hall's press room.

As pointed out, the songs aren't technically being inducted into the Hall, but will have a special display at the museum.

"You know where you are?" frontman Jon Bon Jovi asked the crowd.

The evening was opened by the Killers, who marked the 2017 passing of Tom Petty with a version of his early favourite with the Heartbreakers, "American Girl.' The passing of Chris Cantrell was acknowledged with a take on Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun" by Heart's Ann Wilson and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

Led by Sayreville native Jon Bon Jovi, the band released its first album in 1984 and has recorded classic rock anthems including "You Give Love A Bad Name", "Livin' On A Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive". Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard talked about her recent tour.

Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall.

Now that the Induction Ceremony will be taking place every other year in the Rock Hall City, fans can look forward to the 35th affair when acts such as Weezer, Oasis, Daft Punk and Usher are eligible. "It feels unusual to be up here without him", Ocasek said, who noted he lived in Cleveland for a while.