Bon Jovi reunites for performance

Bon Jovi reunites for performance

Wow, what a beginning.

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. Band members Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres reunited with former bandmates Richie Sambora and Alec John.

Stern compared Bon Jovi's sales numbers to the paltry number of "The Bubonic Plague", which killed 15 million and other comparisons endearing to Stern fans.

Bon Jovi and The Moodys have been eligible for the induction for quite some time now. He began by milking the crowd for a standing ovation before saying a word.

"Some days I write the "Thank you" speech, sometimes I write the '(Expletive) you' speech", he said. After Bon Jovi took up the first hour of the four-plus hour long event, three members of Dire Straits unceremoniously inducted themselves. "Certainly, I see things different tonight than I would have 10, 20 years ago. I've got a certain amount of anxiety just because we haven't played in a long time". He literally recounted the band's biography, seemingly straight from the group's Wikipedia page.

Sambora left Bon Jovi in 2013 and Such in 1994.

As Rolling Stone notes, following a "hilarious" speech from presenter Howard Stern, the members of the group spoke about their history in the band, and what their induction means to them. "I said "I'm doing great, this is awesome". Illsley inducted the band himself.

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"He just didn't feel like coming, it's as simple as that", Illsley, in an interview with Billboard, said of Mark Knopfler. "It was a pleasure to go on this journey with him". "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. Fans expecting something special were left disappointed.

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". "It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said in reference to Orr. If I wrote a book, it would be the best time I ever had'. The ceremoney started with The Killers giving tribute to the late Tom Petty.

And so they did, joined by Weezer bassist Scott Shriner, subbing for the band's bass guitarist-vocalist Benjamin Orr, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.

Steven Van Zandt came out next.

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

Presenting blues, jazz, R&B, pop and folk artist Nina Simone was Mary J. Blige. The book features more than 120 interviews from people who knew the musician personally. He didn't address the gathering unlike the previous ceremonies where he opened the ceremonies with his speech. It could be a "Champagne Supernova" kind of evening.

Wilson reminded the sellout crowd at the Public Auditorium that the band never strayed far from its roots, saying, "the Moody Blues have always been a kick-ass rock band".