Bon Jovi reunites for performance

Arnold Nichols
April 16, 2018

The hall inducted founding members Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, Such and drummer Tico Torres, alongside Such's replacement, Hugh McDonald, who stepped in in 1994.

The Killers play in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Cleveland.

As an alternative, inductees the Moody Blues stopped the night time because the previous action.

The Moody Blues started in R&B but shifted gears sharply with 1967's concept album "Days of Future Passed". This year marked the band's third nomination; Brandon Flowers, of The Killers, will induct the band.

Simone has been a pioneer in pushing for civil rights influenced everyone from Aretha Franklin.

Mary J. Blige gave an incredible speech in Simone's honor.

A classically-trained pianist, Simone is often referred to as "The High Priestess of Soul".

Tharpe will be inducted with the "Award for Early Influence", while the other five acts will be inducted as performers.

Blige feels a deep connection to Simone and said the women share an ability to ease people's pain and "help people heal. That's how close we get", he said.

Simone died in 2003. Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the honor.

Illsley thanked the entire band and described the group as "a collective, a brotherhood". "I said "I'm doing great, this is awesome".

The Cars gave an awesome showing of "I Guess You're Just What I Needed". "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".

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.

With a string of quickly memorable hits such as "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive", Bon Jovi became kings in the 1980s, packing arenas on their exhaustive tours full of pyrotechnics.

Later during his acceptance speech, Illsley credited Knopfler with writing the band's timeless songs.

Bon Jovi, one of New Jersey's finest musical exports since Bruce Springsteen, is now a Hall of Fame act.

Jon Bon Jovi opened his band's performance by asking the crowd: "You know where you are?"

Legendary rock band Bon Jovi, were the first band to take the stage, with radio host Howard Stern on hand to introduce them.

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

The annual Rock corridor ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died at age 66 in October.

The ceremony will air as an edited special on HBO May 5, but you can also see their backstage press room chat below.

Guests are hitting the red carpet Saturday evening for the ceremony, which is back in Cleveland.

"It's terrific that Tharpe is inducted this year", said Greg Harris, the chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Howard Stern took the mic last night to induct Bon Jovi into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and (of course) The King of All Media stole the show. The event also saw the band's reunion with former member Richie Sambora, who shared a microphone with the band's lead singer on 'When We Were Us'.

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