Bon Jovi Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
Bon Jovi has reunited with former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such for a powerful performance as the band earned a spot in the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora and Such were joined by current bandmates David Bryan, Tico Torres and Hugh McDonald at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, on Saturday night where the Rock Hall is based.
They performed crowd favourites like You Give Love a Bad Name and It's My Life.
Sambora left Bon Jovi in 2013 and Such in 1994. Each of the members spoke onstage, giving thanks for the honour and telling old stories about the New Jersey band. They all hugged as a group afterward.
Jon Bon Jovi said he has been writing his Rock Hall speech for years.
"Some days I write the 'Thank you' speech, sometimes I write the '(Expletive) you' speech," he said. "In the end, it's all about time. It took a lot of people to get us here tonight."
They were inducted by Howard Stern, who provided many laughs at the event. He even sang some of Wanted Dead or Alive, getting the audience to join in.
Bon Jovi has sold more than 130 million albums.
The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at 66. The Killers earned a loud applause from the audience when they started performing American Girl, then transitioning to Free Fallin'.
"Pay some rock 'n' roll respect ... to the eternal Tom Petty," frontman Brandon Flowers said, as photos of Petty were displayed in the background.
The Cars and four first-time nominees, including Nina Simone, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, also are being inducted as the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class.
English brothers Mark and David Knopfler from Dire Straits, didn't attend the event, according to bassist John Illsley who said of Mark , "It just didn't appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions".