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Bon Jovi in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

16 April 2018, 01:52 | Stacy Ballard

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is Saturday. Here are 13 stories about the inductees and the hall from concerts played here little-known facts profiles and more

The rock-heavy 2018 list marks a return to the roots of the U.S. Hall of Fame, which for the past two years has broadened its base to include rap artists such as the late Tupac Shakur and N.W.A.

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

Grounded in blues, they blended orchestral sounds into standard songs without missing a beat.

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. This year marked the band's third nomination; Brandon Flowers, of The Killers, will induct the band. Soul singer Mary J. Blige then gave a somber speech as she inducted singer Nina Simone. Tharpe, dubbed the "Godmother of Rock and Roll", and known for her finger picking guitar technique, is said to have influenced the likes of Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry.

Blige feels a deep connection to Simone and said the women share an ability to ease people's pain and "help people heal".

Simone died in 2003. Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the honor on his sister's behalf.

The Cars have pulled into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Illsley did compliment Knopfler for writing music that made the band "stand out from the crowd".

"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.

The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek joked he was supposed to be the good looking guy in the band, not Orr. But while he was excited about the Rock Hall honors, Ocasek downplayed the chance for a future Cars album without Benjamin Orr.

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Dire Straits went into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame without its leader. Although it rained during the ceremony, not even a single fan left the arena.

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Once the tension was lifted, Bon Jovi spoke about the affection for his bandmates.

Bon Jovi, one of New Jersey's finest musical exports since Bruce Springsteen, is now a Hall of Fame act. TV and radio personality Howard Stern inducted Bon Jovi.

During a 20-minute speech, Jon Bon Jovi recounted the band's rise to superstardom from basements to sold-out arenas. The set included Bon Jovi classics such as "You Give Love a Bad Name", "It's My Life", "When We Were Us" and "Livin' on a Prayer".

The Killers earned a loud applause from the audience when they started performing "American Girl", then transitioned to "Free Fallin'".

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

The ceremony didn't end this year with the group jam session of the induction class that has become Rock Hall tradition.

Guests are hitting the red carpet Saturday evening for the ceremony, which is back in Cleveland. The new song offered the band an opportunity to present a unified front: Sambora, playing the track live for the first time, shared a microphone with Jon Bon Jovi. Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe also are being enshrined.

"Some days I write the "Thank you" speech, sometimes I write the '(Expletive) you' speech", he said.

Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler isn't attending the event.

According to USA Today, Howard Stern said of the group's rise to fame, "Aside from the incredible music accomplishments, they are some of the nicest men I ever met, humble and gracious". Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard talked about her recent tour.

Alec John Such also rejoined the band for the special performance.

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