Bon Jovi re­unites at Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in­duc­tions

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CLEVE­LAND — It was a night of nos­tal­gia, with an em­pha­sis on ‘bet­ter late than never,’ as rock­ers from Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues braved the wet cold of Cleve­land on Satur­day in the 33rd class in­ducted into the Rock and

Roll Hall of Fame. Gui­tarist Richie Samb­ora re­united with front man Jon Bon Jovi on stage as the group that got its start in New Jersey in the early 1980s played sta­dium-hits “Shot Through The Heart,” “It’s My Life” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” to cheer­ing fans.

The set fol­lowed a rather R-rated in­tro­duc­tion by ra­dio per­son­al­ity Howard Stern, who be­moaned how long it took for the band that sold more than 130 mil­lion al­bums to be in­ducted.

“The bubonic plague only killed 50 mil­lion peo­ple,” Stern said. “That’s peanuts com­pared to the more than 130 mil­lion al­bums.”

“They are fi­nally get­ting their due, and it is about time.”

The Cars key­boardist Greg Hawkes echoed the theme when thank­ing the fans of the band formed in Bos­ton in the late 1970s.

“I know that some of you voted for us ev­ery sin­gle day,” Hawkes told the crowd. “Not just this year, but the two pre­vi­ous years that we didn’t get in,” he joked.

Artists are el­i­gi­ble for in­duc­tion 25 years af­ter the re­lease of their first record­ing and in­ductees are voted on by mu­sic fans and 900 mu­sic in­dus­try ex­perts.

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.

The evening per­for­mances in­cluded trib­utes to mu­si­cians who died in 2017, with The Killers per­form­ing Tom Petty’s “Amer­i­can Girl” and “Free Fall­ing” and Ann Wil­son of Heart and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains pay­ing trib­ute to Soundgar­den’s Chris Cor­nell with the artist’s 1994 hit “Black Hole Sun.”

Sis­ter Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Si­mone were in­ducted posthu­mously. 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.

“It’s ter­rific that Tharpe is in­ducted this year,” said Greg Har­ris, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “She in­flu­enced the in­flu­encers.”

Singer-song­writer and civil rights ac­tivist Nina Si­mone, who died in 2003 aged 70, was in­ducted by Mary J Blige, who called the unique per­former “the High Pri­est­ess of Soul,” adding that she “could sing any­thing” but that “ev­ery­thing she sang she made her own.” Reuters

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JON Bon Jovi (R) and Richie Samb­ora per­form on stage.

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