Rockers Bon Jovi to head 2018 Rock Hall class

Posted April 16, 2018

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.

With a string of quickly memorable hits such as "Livin' on a Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive", Bon Jovi became kings in the 1980s, packing arenas on their exhaustive tours full of pyrotechnics. Their concept album "Days of Future Passed" is considered a classic and includes the hit "Nights In White Satin".

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

The most unexpected source of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama this year came from various Dire Straits members, with half of the chaps ultimately choosing to avoid the ceremony for inexplicable reasons.

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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. Fans expecting something special were left disappointed. The group then proceeded to power through several of their mammoth hits, including "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life". Band members Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres reunited with former bandmates Richie Sambora and Alec John.

Bon Jovi's portion of the four-hour-plus event ran an hour-long Saturday night, with Jon Boni Jovi giving a lengthy 20-minute speech onstage.

The frontman said though he and the other current members haven't spoken to Sambora since he left the group, he invites the performer, along with Such, to be part of the Rock Hall festivities. Shock jock Howard Stern did the honors for Bon Jovi.

The evening was opened by the Killers, who marked the 2017 passing of Tom Petty with a version of his early favourite with the Heartbreakers, "American Girl.' The passing of Chris Cantrell was acknowledged with a take on Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun" by Heart's Ann Wilson and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone were inducted posthumously.

Jon Bon Jovi performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Cleveland.

"It's terrific that Tharpe is inducted this year", said Greg Harris, the chief executive of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tharpe will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes. Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, who died in 2003. With the much-publicised non-appearance of former Dire Straits frontman and songwriter Mark Knopfler, and the unusual absence of a fellow artist to introduce them, it fell on his former bandmate and longtime friend John Illsley to induct the group himself.

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