Bon Jovi reunites in Cleveland to enter Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Ava Sambora supports dad Richie as he's inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi reunited with former members onstage last night to celebrate their admission into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, as the late icon Nina Simone and other nominees made up this year's induction class. Then Bon Jovi followed up with an hour-long presentation.

Other VIP guests included sports icons Robert Kraft, Jerry Jones, Bill Belichick, and Charlie Weiss; music executives Irving Azoff, Island Records head David Massey, CAA's Rob Light, Paul Korzilius, and longtime PR man Ken Sunshine; along with close personal friends Michael Feldman and wife Savannah Guthrie. New Rochelle resident Jennifer Vivolo-Carsen says Bon Jovi has been a part of the soundtrack of her life.

He also joked that Jon Bon Jovi single handedly "destroyed the ozone layer in the 1980s with hairspray" and Richie Sambora saved many lonely women who couldn't get dates - he name-checked Heather Lockler and Cher - in the process.

They were inducted by Howard Stern, who provided many laughs at the event. It's about time...." to the tune of "Wanted! The Cars, who by Rock Hall bylaws were eligible for induction since 2003-25 years after their first commercial recording was released-finally got in on their third nomination.

Perhaps owing to the absence of the Knopfler brothers, Dire Straits - for the first time in the entire Rock Hall history - didn't have an induction speaker present them at the ceremony. That left Dire Straits' keyboardist Alan Clark, bassist John Illsley and keyboardist Guy Fletcher to deliver induction speeches without a presenter or a performance.


The Cars have pulled into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Opening with 1984's playful "You Might Think", they continued with the more muscular "Moving in Stereo" from their 1978 self-titled debut, before ending with "Just What I Needed", their first hit, also from The Cars. The ceremoney started with The Killers giving tribute to the late Tom Petty. She was a pioneering guitarist who performed gospel music and was known to some as "the godmother of rock "n" roll".

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 Saturday.

"It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said.

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.

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