Bon Jovi just keep on rock­ing

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CLEVE­LAND — 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.

Jon Bon Jovi, Samb­ora and Such were joined by cur­rent band­mates David Bryan, Tico Tor­res and Hugh McDon­ald at the Pub­lic Au­di­to­rium in Cleve­land, where the Rock Hall is based.

They per­formed crowd favourites like You Give Love a Bad Name and It’s My Life.

Samb­ora left Bon Jovi in 2013 and Such in 1994. Each of the mem­bers spoke on­stage, giv­ing thanks for the hon­our and telling old sto­ries about the New Jer­sey band. They all hugged as a group af­ter­ward.

Jon Bon Jovi, who gave a 20minute speech on­stage, said he has been writ­ing his Rock Hall speech for years.

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

They were in­ducted by Howard Stern, who pro­vided many laughs at the event. He even sang some of Wanted Dead or Alive, get­ting the au­di­ence to join in.

Stern joked about Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wen­ner, ques­tion­ing why he was qual­i­fied to vote on who en­ters the promi­nent or­gan­i­sa­tion. Stern said Wen­ner, who founded Rolling Stone mag­a­zine, doesn’t play any in­stru­ments “but he did start a great mag­a­zine ... and now it’s the size of a pam­phlet.”

Stern also thanked Bon Jovi for its mu­sic, which he is a big fan of, and stressed how big of a deal it is that the band has sold more than 130 mil­lion al­bums.

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.

Later in the event, Ann Wil­son of Heart and Jerry Cantrell hon­ored Chris Cor­nell with a com­mand­ing ren­di­tion Soundgar­den’s Black Hole Sun. Cor­nell hanged him­self in a Detroit ho­tel hours af­ter a Soundgar­den con­cert there last May.

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 and show-stop­ping trib­ute from ground­break­ing per­form­ers who she has deeply in­spired, from Lau­ryn Hill to Mary J. Blige.

Hill was ex­cep­tional, stretch­ing her voice as wide as pos­si­ble, and singing in French, in hon­our of Si­mone’s mu­sic. Hill earned a stand­ing ova­tion from the au­di­ence.

Grammy-nom­i­nated R&B singer An­dra Day was also ex­tra­or­di­nary, hit­ting high notes that also earned her ap­plause. Blige in­ducted Si­mone, call­ing the singer “bold, strong, feisty and fear­less.”

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

Si­mone, who died in 2003, was a leader in push­ing for civil rights and in­flu­enced ev­ery­one from Aretha Franklin to Ali­cia Keys. Her brother, Sam Way­mon, ac­cepted the in­duc­tion on his sis­ter’s be­half.

“They said I had three min­utes, I said, ‘No, I don’t.’ I’m go­ing to take the time nec­es­sary to say what I got to say,” Way­mon said.

Way­mon said sharp words dur­ing his speech, in­clud­ing lines like, “To all the brothers out there, pro­tect your sis­ters. He said he al­ways pro­tected Si­mone, and con­tin­ues to do so.

He also told the crowd, “If you’re sam­pling (Nina’s) mu­sic, you bet­ter pay for it!”

Rock Hall vot­ers have re­cently opened their hearts to pro­gres­sive rock­ers, which ben­e­fited “Nights in White Satin” singers The Moody Blues, the last act to be in­ducted on Satur­day.

Wil­son of Heart said the English rock­ers “are and have al­ways been a kick ass rock band.”

An­other English band, Dire Straits, was in­ducted at the event, but it was with­out its leader Mark Knopfler, or his brother David Knopfler. In an in­ter­view ahead of the event, co-found­ing mem­ber and bassist John Ill­s­ley said Mark “just didn’t feel like com­ing, it’s as sim­ple as that.”

On­stage, Ill­s­ley said of Mark’s ab­sence: “I’ll as­sure you it’s a per­sonal thing. Let’s just leave it at that.”

Ill­s­ley thanked the en­tire band and de­scribed the group as “a col­lec­tive, a broth­er­hood.” There was no per­for­mance fol­low­ing the band mem­bers’ speeches.

The 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony will air on May 5 on HBO and will also be heard on Sir­iusXM Ra­dio. — AP

Never say good­bye: In­ductees Richie Samb­ora and Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi per­form dur­ing the 33rd An­nual Rock Roll Hall of Fame In­duc­tion Cer­e­mony at Pub­lic Au­di­to­rium on Satur­day in Cleve­land, Ohio. — Photo kcci.com

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