"Pay some rock "n" roll respect.to the eternal Tom Petty", frontman Brandon Flowers said, as photos of Petty were displayed in the background. Shock jock Howard Stern did the honors for Bon Jovi. "I thank my lucky stars for the time I got to spent with each of you", he said, turning to the old and current Bon Jovi members on stage.
And naturally he took the time to take plenty of potshots at Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, and artists he likes less than Bon Jovi, like Harry Chapin and Bob Dylan. He began by milking the crowd for a standing ovation before saying a word. The very few boys who took me on dates in those days were instantaneously upstaged if "Nights in White Satin" or "Dawn Is a Feeling" came on the vehicle radio. "I always said it's a good thing that Richie had a thing for blondes with blue eyes and a nice ass".
#4 - American DJ Howard Stern's induction speech included a reference to Jon Bon Jovi's use of hairspray, Sambora'spenis size and the fact that the band's 130 million album sales eclipsed the death tolls from Europe's bubonic plague, the American Civil War and atomic bomb drops. He literally recounted the band's biography, seemingly straight from the group's Wikipedia page. "Bon Jovi beat sperm!"
Saturday 14 April marked the day the band came together to accept their accolade, five years after lead guitarist Richie Sambora left the group. Illsley inducted the band himself.
"I Have been composing this address as I have strummed a broom and sang on very top of the staircase in my youth property", he stated, as stated by the paper.
The band clearly loved the speech, laughing hysterically in the audience. "Mark gave this band its unique style", Illsley said.
We snagged videos of all the visitors to the Rock Hall's press room.
The Cleveland-love vibes were strong during the induction of The Cars, which followed a compelling speech by Flowers.
The Cars, led by Ric Ocasek, went in a different direction, bringing the quirky electronic effects of New Wave to classically structured pop songs, generating a string of hits such as "You Might Think", "Shake It Up", and "Drive". But while he was excited about the Rock Hall honors, Ocasek downplayed the chance for a future Cars album without Benjamin Orr. "It's a bit weird, but life's unusual", he said. The fellow Seattle artists paid tribute to their friend, who died in 2017, with a powerful performance of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun". The E Street Band guitarist said, "Welcome to Cleveland, baby".
He then dropped several key Cleveland-rock names that ranged from Alan Freed to Kid Leo. The Cars, who by Rock Hall bylaws were eligible for induction since 2003-25 years after their first commercial recording was released-finally got in on their third nomination. "She knew who she was, and she was confident", Blige said. He didn't address the gathering unlike the previous ceremonies where he opened the ceremonies with his speech.
In its citation, the Hall of Fame credited the London band with its revival of Americana, saying, "Dire Straits dragged rock kicking and screaming back to its gritty, country roots using beefy guitar licks and bluesy vocals". It could be a "Champagne Supernova" kind of evening.
The night closed with the induction of British progressive-rock act The Moody Blues, which has been around in various forms since the mid-1960s.