Tom Petty honoured at Rock Hall opening ceremony

Tom Petty honoured at Rock Hall opening ceremony

Tom Petty honoured at Rock Hall opening ceremony

Sambora hasn't played with the band since he left in 2013 while Such hasn't been onstage with them since a one-off performance in 2001. "I've got a certain amount of anxiety just because we haven't played in a long time". "I thank my lucky stars for the time that I have to spend with each one of you, Alec, Richie, Hugh, Tico, David, to you, to us, to all of you, tonight the band that agreed to do me a favour stands before you so I can say thank you for making this dream live on".

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.

Bon Jovi reunited with their original line up at the event.

The group then delivered a spotty performance - mostly due to Bon Jovi's uneven vocals - of "You Give Love a Bad Name", "It's My Life", "When We Were Us" and "Livin' on a Prayer".

Fans cheered outside the red carpet in the rain wearing ponchos and holding umbrellas to see their favorite artists arrive at the venue while musicians such as Ann Wilson, Desmond Child, and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains took pictures and answered questions in the press room back stage of the auditorium.

The King of All Media, who labored all week on his speech inducting Bon Jovi into the Rock Hall, was his usual unflinching, no-filter self.

Tharpe will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes. Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, who died in 2003. The band didn't perform after accepting the award during a very awkward moment.

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.

Ric Ocasek previously told Rolling Stone that Benjamin Orr "would have been flipped out" by the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in Cleveland.

"It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said. Wearing a billowing dress that made her look like a fairytale princess, Hill capably sang and rapped her way through Simone's tracks "Ne Me Quitte Pas", "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and "Feeling Good".

Tharpe died in 1973 and was a pioneering guitarist who performed gospel music.

Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall. "All of those things meant a lot to me".

The taped ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.

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.

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