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

16 April 2018

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.

Bon Jovi, the Cars and four first-time nominees, including Nina Simone, will be inducted as the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class.

Jon Bon Jovi gave a 20-minute-long speech he explained he was creating for ages. The singer said he had been writing his "Thank you" speech for decades.

"The Cars were the first band I truly fell in love with, and you never forget your first", said Flowers, who noted The Cars' bassist and Northeast Ohio native Ben Orr (who died in 2000). "In the end, it's all about time".

"We took that journey together at certain times as a group, and I think it's wonderful we can re-enact that - not only for us, but for the fans", said Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan back in February.

Howard Stern took the mic last night to induct Bon Jovi into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and (of course) The King of All Media stole the show.

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Simone has been a pioneer in pushing for civil rights influenced everyone from Aretha Franklin.

The evening performances included tributes to musicians who died in 2017, with the Killers performing Tom Petty's "American Girl" and "Free Falling" and Ann Wilson of Heart and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains paying tribute to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell with the artist's 1994 hit "Black Hole Sun". Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the honor.

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. Illsley inducted the band himself. Instead, the band replaced him with Phil X, who became a full member of the band in 2016.

Alabama Shake's Brittany Howard paid tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe with a powerful performance of "That's All" and "Strange Things Happening Every Day".

Howard Stern did the honors for the band, with one of the night's more entertaining speeches.

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

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.

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