Bon Jovi reunites to enter Hall of Fame

Joann Johnston
April 15, 2018

In a formal letter declaring April 14 "Bon Jovi Day", Murphy wrote: "Five musicians from New Jersey communities believed in their dream and used their talents to form Bon Jovi, one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time".

Killers frontman Brandon Flowers will induct The Cars, whose four surviving members - Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson - will give a reunion performance.

Dire Straits went into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame without its leader. "It just didn't appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions".

Their die-hard fans pushed for years for them to be nominated, citing their influence on bands like Yes, Genesis and Rush - all Hall of Famers.

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

The sold-out ceremony begins at 7.30pm and Red-carpet arrivals start at 5.30pm and air via a livestream on the Rock Hall's website and social-media channels.

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Bon Jovi will be inducted along with Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and others.

There was a moment Saturday evening outside of Public Auditorium when you couldn't hear anything but screams.

The Rock Hall induction was expected to include all the original members of the band, including guitarist Richie Sambora, bassist Alec John Such, keyboardist (and Tony Award victor David Bryan), and drummer Tico Torres.

Earlier today, the Rock Hall celebrated the opening of the new Hall of Fame gallery and Inductee exhibit area with a private dedication ceremony that featured 2018 inductees Moody Blues and Bon Jovi.

The presenter who'll induct Dire Straits hasn't been announced yet, and only three of the band's members will be on hand for the event: bassist John Illsley, and keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher.

Bassist John Illsley acknowledged the awkwardness of Knopfler not being present and then took a subtle swipe at his bandmate and close friend by saying, "it's more than one person, a collective".

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