Cleveland hosts Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

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"This is really more about a group of people more than one person, it's a collective, a brotherhood and that's something that needs acknowledging tonight".

"If he asks me", responded Sambora. Howard Stern presided over the presentation for the ceremony. Following these speeches, the group took to the stage to perform this long-awaited reunion, which also included an appearance from Alec John Such for the first time since 2001, after leaving the group in 1994.

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. "You're at a Bon Jovi concert".

Richie Sambora, the original guitarist for arena-packing rockers Bon Jovi reunited with the band for a rousing set at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland that included hits "You Give Love a Bad Name and "It's My Life".

Benjamin Orr passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer in 2000, four years before The Cars were eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors.

Appearing on stage with fellow former Straits members Guy Fletcher and Alan Clark, Illsley said: "I know it's a little bit odd, but it's my honour to welcome Dire Straits into the Hall of Fame", he said.

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

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"When the band first started, Ben was supposed to be the lead singer".

The couple had traveled from Chicago to watch their all-time favorite band, the Moody Blues, be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976 and known for combining New Wave and classic rock sounds, were inducted this year after being nominated twice before. "It feels unusual to be up here without him", Ocasek said, who noted he lived in Cleveland for a while. The fellow Seattle artists paid tribute to their friend, who died in 2017, with a powerful performance of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun". "He referenced a new Rock Hall Induction category noting six influential songs, including Link Wray's Rumble", Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild".

The ceremony will air as an edited special on HBO May 5, but you can also see their backstage press room chat below.

Overall, while this year's Induction Ceremony didn't have the star power of previous evenings held in Cleveland, the high-profile event had its moments.

The ceremony ended with legendary rock band Moody Blues' induction and performance.