Whether this was at the behest of the Rock Hall or the lack of willingness by the band, though, only one thing for now remains certain: Be, bop, a, lua, baby, this was a major bummer. "That magazine is now a pamphlet", he said disparagingly, adding that he read an entire issue while hanging out backstage.
After years of being snubbed by the Hall, Bon Jovi was inducted this year via a fan voting process where music aficionados could vote for them via an online ballot. Band members Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres reunited with former bandmates Richie Sambora and Alec John. 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. The set included Bon Jovi classics such as "You Give Love a Bad Name", "It's My Life", "When We Were Us" and "Livin' on a Prayer".
Bon Jovi will be inducted along with Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and others. Without any sort of presenter, they humbly accepted their award and apologized for the absence of frontman Mark Knopfler, whom bassist John Illsley said couldn't attend because of "personal reasons". There was no performance following the band members' speeches.
"Ladies and gentleman, get on you feet and pay some rock "n" roll respect to the masterful Tom Petty", said Flowers, before tagging the end of the song with a few lines of "Free Fallin'". Ric Ocasek, the singer of The Cars, discussed some of his early Cleveland shows. But while he was excited about the Rock Hall honors, Ocasek downplayed the chance for a future Cars album without Benjamin Orr. It feels kinda unusual to be up here without him. The band's performance included flawless rendition of hits such as "My Best Friend's Girl", "You Might Think", "Moving in Stereo" and "Just What I Needed".
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. Blige inducted Simone, calling the singer "bold, strong, feisty and fearless". Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, while Andra Day will sing in her honor. "He was in every band I ever had".
The Moody Blues were ahead of their time, cutting edge. Each of the members spoke onstage, giving thanks for the honor and telling old stories about the New Jersey band.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Induction Ceremony proved that perseverance and commitment matter much more than a one-off hit song.