Bon Jovi inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Saturday

Inductee Ric Ocasek of The Cars performs at the 33rd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Bassist Alec John Such left the band in 1993, while guitarist Richie Sambora departed in 2013. "This is really more about a group of people more than one person, it's a collective, a brotherhood and that's something that needs acknowledging tonight". The band was inducted by radio and television personality Howard Stern.

Talking about Jon Bon Jovi, Stern, who didn't shy away from lewd jokes, said he's the man responsible in the '80s for destroying the ozone with hairspray. Songwriter Desmond Child even mentioned how his son has Jon Bon Jovi as a godfather.

After an "In memoriam" montage of those who passed in the a year ago, Heart's Anne Wilson and Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell delivered a tribute to Chris Cornell.

Simone was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night by R&B superstar Mary J. Blige, who described her as "bold, strong, feisty and fearless and so vulnerable and transparent at the same time". Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard talked about her recent tour. There was no performance following the band members' speeches.

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. This year was a little different, though, as the Hall also officially recognized singles for the first time, creating a new (and seemingly limitless) category for songs that shaped the course of rock music, from a couple of the earliest to some psych-rock staples of the "60s". Decked out in a black and white checkered jacket, a very enthusiastic Brandon Flowers talked about discovering the Cars while growing up in a small town in Utah. "It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said in reference to Orr.

For their live set, The Cars, with Weezer's Scott Shriner on bass, performed hits "My Best Friend's Girl", "You Might Think", "Moving in Stereo" and "Just What I Needed". "She knew who she was, and she was confident", Blige said.

The late Tom Petty was honored with a rousing musical tribute by The Killers to open the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland. His fellow bandmates, keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher, followed with short and charming speeches of their own, but not before Illsley tried to clear the air about Mark's absence - which he previously said boiled down to Mark just not feeling like attending.

  • Kyle Peterson