Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi, Nina Simone enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi reunited with former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such along with current bandmates David Bryan, Tico Torres and Hugh McDonald. Sambora left in 2013; Such left in 1994. "We help people get through".

"I think when you get together with old friends, there's always going to be some deep emotions within that".

They were inducted by Howard Stern, who provided many laughs at the event.

After years of being snubbed by the Hall, Bon Jovi was inducted this year via a fan voting process where music aficionados could vote for them via an online ballot.

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"Writing it was therapeutic for me", Bon Jovi said. Out of your seats", before the group performed classic tracks including "You Give Love A Bad Name", "It's My Life", "Livin" On A Prayer', and relatively new track "When We Were Us'. During an In Memoriam tribute, old photos of deceased rock "n' rollers showed as part of a video treatment, and Heart singer Ann Wilson and Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell performed a rendition of the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" as a tribute to Soundgarden Chris Cornell, a close friend of Wilson's who passed away a year ago". "Without Cleveland, what the (expletive) is rock and roll?" said Van Zandt, who received quite the audience response.

"Her voice was so distinctive and powerful and I never heard anything like it", the R&B superstar said.

Tharpe will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes. Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, who died in 2003.

Dire Straits, led by Mark Knopfler, emerged from Britain's so-called pub rock scene of the 1970s, which emphasized blues roots and no-frills musicianship in an era of angry punks and flamboyant glam bands. "It's a bit weird, but life's unusual", he said. 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".

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He said, "But, listen, Carrie Underwood's going to be as lovely as ever". She had an accident in November and hasn't performed since.

Tharpe died in 1973 at the age of 58, but her music lives on and is being appreciated by a new generation just learning of her legacy. Decked out in a black and white checkered jacket, a very enthusiastic Brandon Flowers talked about discovering the Cars while growing up in a small town in Utah. "All of those things meant a lot to me". The book features more than 120 interviews from people who knew the musician personally.

Overall, while this year's Induction Ceremony didn't have the star power of previous evenings held in Cleveland, the high-profile event had its moments. It could be a "Champagne Supernova" kind of evening.

R&B-infused progressive rockers the Moody Blues took the stage to perform "Your Wildest Dreams", while New Wave pop songwriters the Cars played "Just What I Needed".

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