Inductees, performers rock the red carpet ahead of induction ceremony

Calvin Saunders
April 16, 2018

"That magazine is now a pamphlet", he said disparagingly, adding that he read an entire issue while hanging out backstage. There was no accompanying live performance, but by contrast, Jon Bon Jovi had opened proceedings with a speech that lasted close to 20 minutes, after an introduction by broadcaster Howard Stern.

Guitarist Richie Sambora reunited with front man Jon Bon Jovi on stage as the group that got its start in New Jersey in the early 1980s played stadium-hits "Shot Through The Heart", "It's My Life" and "Livin' on a Prayer" to cheering fans. Songwriter Desmond Child even mentioned how his son has Jon Bon Jovi as a godfather.

The Cars members bass player John Illsley and keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher were at the ceremony, but frontman Mark Knopfler was absent.

Orr died in 2000, but each of the band members acknowledged his impact, with lead singer Ric Ocasek saying "it feels odd being up here without him".

An inspiration to musicians from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash, Tharpe was called "the godmother of rock and roll" Saturday night by Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard, who inducted one her biggest influences.

Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall. "They turned my black and white town into color", he said before kneeling to hand the band their award as they walked to the stage. But obviously it's hard not to notice that Benjamin Orr is not here. It feels kinda odd to be up here without him.

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"He was singing a bit and then he asked me "How are you doing?'", Vivolo-Carson said".

The speech, seen in fan-shot video above, also included a sing-along of "Wanted Dead or Alive", ending with Stern telling Bob Dylan to "eat shit". Van Zandt endeared himself to the crowd as he gave shoutouts to the Agora, DJ Kid Leo and locally based concert promoters the Belkins.

The induction of the late Nina Simone was marked with a performance of some of her songs by Lauryn Hill, Andra Day and the Roots; her trophy was accepted by her brother, Joe Wayman. Blige inducted Simone, calling the singer "bold, strong, feisty and fearless".

Presenting blues, jazz, R&B, pop and folk artist Nina Simone was Mary J. Blige. "Other days, I write the 'F**k you" speech. "He was in every band I ever had". Mr. Weir, 70, sat next to Denise while wearing a light blue Moody Blues shirt.

Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes echoed the theme when thanking the fans of the band formed in Boston in the late 1970s.

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