Nina Simone, Bon Jovi to be inducted into Roll Hall of Fame

Nina Simone, Bon Jovi to be inducted into Roll Hall of Fame

According to Cleveland.com, fans filled the top three levels of the museum in hopes of catching a glimpse of Jon Bon Jovi and the group, including former guitarist Richie Sambora, who'll perform with his old band mates on Saturday night. Rock Hall board chairman Chris Connor also spoke about the renovations and thanked the NY board for its support. Van Zandt credited Link Wray for being the creator of distortion and the power chord, as well as for his rock and roll attitude, which helped change the world.

Jon Bon Jovi said he has been writing his Rock Hall speech for years.

They were inducted by Howard Stern, who provided many laughs at the event. "It just didn't appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions".

Orr died in 2000, but each of the band members acknowledged his impact, with lead singer Ric Ocasek saying "it feels unusual being up here without him". (And if you want even more Rock Hall content, you can now stream the ceremonies of years' past on HBO Go, too.) While the induction usually hovers around the five-hour mark, HBO has made a habit of trimming only the slightest amount of time from the ceremonies, so you're guaranteed to see all of the evening's speeches, performances, and general merriment with limited edits.


Bon Jovi claims that he is going to the festivities with big plans for the band. Felicia Collins, best known has a member of the band on "Late Show with David Letterman", also wowed the audience when she performed a tribute to Tharpe. The band then transitioned into a segment of "Free Fallin' as lead singer Brandon Flowers urged the crowd of 10,000 to "get on your feet for the eternal Tom Petty". Flowers recalled the first time he heard The Cars while growing up in a tiny, "no stoplight" town in Utah, saying "40 years later they still sound like a new band to me".

The Rock Hall induction was expected to include all the original members of the band, including guitarist Richie Sambora, bassist Alec John Such, keyboardist (and Tony Award victor David Bryan), and drummer Tico Torres.

With the 2018 induction ceremony looming on Saturday (April 14) at nearby Public Hall, Hawkes and fellow Cars Ric Ocasek and Elliott Easton, along with members of Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, took in the bash along with the likes of The Voice Season 8 champion Sawyer Fredericks, Trans-Siberian Orchestra manager Adam Lind (who confirmed a 2018 TSO tour has been booked) and members of the Cleveland political, business and philanthropic communities.

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

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