Bon Jovi in­ducted into Hall of Fame; Tom Petty given trib­ute

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Bon Jovi re­united with for­mer mem­bers Richie Samb­ora and Alec John Such for a pow­er­ful per­for­mance on Satur­day night, as the band earned a spot in the pres­ti­gious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They were joined by cur­rent band­mates David Bryan, Tico Tor­res and Hugh McDon­ald at the Pub­lic Au­di­to­rium in Cleve­land, where the Rock Hall is based.

“Some days I write the ‘Thank you’ speech, some­times I write the ‘F*** you’ speech,” he said. “In the end, it’s all about time. It took a lot of peo­ple to get us here tonight.”

The 33rd an­nual Rock Hall four-hour plus cer­e­mony kicked off with a trib­ute to Tom Petty, who died in Oc­to­ber at age 66. The Killers earned a loud ap­plause from the au­di­ence when they started per­form­ing Amer­i­can Girl, then tran­si­tion­ing to Free Fallin.

“Pay some rock ‘n’ roll re­spect ... to the eter­nal Tom Petty,” front­man Bran­don Flow­ers said, as photos of Petty were dis­played in the back­ground. The Cars and four first-time nom­i­nees, in­clud­ing Nina Si­mone, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sis­ter Rosetta Tharpe, make up the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class.

Si­mone re­ceived a pas­sion­ate trib­ute from singers who she has deeply in­spired, from Lau­ryn Hill to Mary J Blige. English band Dire Straits were also in­ducted, but were with­out their leader, Mark Knopfler, or his brother David.

In an in­ter­view ahead of the event, co-found­ing mem­ber and bassist John Ill­s­ley said Mark “just didn’t feel like com­ing... It’s a per­sonal thing. Let’s just leave it at that.

PHOTO: AARON JOSEFCZYK/REUTERS

Jon Bon Jovi and the band per­formed crowd favourites such as You Give Love a Bad Name and It’s My Life at the cer­e­mony

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