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Bon Jovi Gets Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Bon Jovi Gets Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

Jon Bon Jovi said he has been writing his Rock Hall speech for years.

The influential progressive rock group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, ushered in by Heart's Ann Wilson, who said the band "took me from childhood to adulthood as a disciple".

Onstage, Illsley said of Mark's absence: "I'll assure you it's a personal thing".

"Ocasek found his silver and gold in Benjamin Orr right here in OH back in 1964", Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the Killers, said in his induction speech of a band that had already charted several hits before he was born in 1981.

R&B star Mary J. Blige will welcome Simone into the Rock Hall, while contemporary R&B singer Andra Day will perform in Nina's honor.

As giant photos of Petty were displayed behind the stage, The Killers kicked off Saturday evening's tribute with "American Girl" one of Petty's best-known hits.

After belting out a vocally challenged "Wanted Dead or Alive" and leading the crowd in a singalong, Stern thanked all of rock "n" roll, then turned toward his longtime friends.

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Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall.

The celebrations are well underway for the 33rd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and the red carpet has been rolled out for music royalty.

There may be something to that, since Bon Jovi - whose fans came out in thousands to see the band inducted - were the first band to be inducted at the ceremony.

New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi, new wave pioneers the Cars and four first-time nominees, including singer Nina Simone, are in this year's eclectic class.

With the 2018 induction ceremony looming on Saturday (April 14) at nearby Public Hall, Hawkes and fellow Cars Ric Ocasek and Elliott Easton, along with members of Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, took in the bash along with the likes of The Voice Season 8 champion Sawyer Fredericks, Trans-Siberian Orchestra manager Adam Lind (who confirmed a 2018 TSO tour has been booked) and members of the Cleveland political, business and philanthropic communities.

Frontman Mark Knopfler and his brother, rhythm guitarist David Knopfler, won't be attending.