Sambora hasn't played with the band since he left in 2013 while Such hasn't been onstage with them since a one-off performance in 2001. "We help people get through". "I thank my lucky stars for the time that I have to spend with each one of you, Alec, Richie, Hugh, Tico, David, to you, to us, to all of you, tonight the band that agreed to do me a favour stands before you so I can say thank you for making this dream live on".
Howard Stern did the honors for the band, with one of the night's more entertaining speeches. Following these speeches, the group took to the stage to perform this long-awaited reunion, which also included an appearance from Alec John Such for the first time since 2001, after leaving the group in 1994.
"You'll have to ask Richie", Bon Jovi said. Songwriter Desmond Child even mentioned how his son has Jon Bon Jovi as a godfather. They went on to record classic rock anthems including "You Give Love A Bad Name", "Livin' On A Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive". During an In Memoriam tribute, old photos of deceased rock "n' rollers showed as part of a video treatment, and Heart singer Ann Wilson and Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell performed a rendition of the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" as a tribute to Soundgarden Chris Cornell, a close friend of Wilson's who passed away previous year". The rock band, who scored four Top 10 singles during their 1979 to 1985 heyday, celebrated their induction into the Rock Hall's Class of 2018 with a tight set of three of their familiar songs. "I said "I'm doing great, this is awesome".
Presenting blues, jazz, R&B, pop and folk artist Nina Simone was Mary J. Blige. Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard talked about her recent tour. Howard sang a Tharpe track with backing from Questlove of the Roots on drums and Felicia Collins from The Late Show with David Letterman band on guitar.
With that, Bon Jovi then delivered what might have been the longest speech in recent Rock Hall induction history. "He was in every band I ever had".
Tharpe died in 1973 at the age of 58, but her music lives on and is being appreciated by a new generation just learning of her legacy. "He referenced a new Rock Hall Induction category noting six influential songs, including Link Wray's Rumble", Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild". "She knew who she was, and she was confident", Blige said.
The event will air May 5 on HBO and will also be heard on SiriusXM Radio. The Cars founding bassist died in 2000, but he was a big part of the band's long-overdue induction ceremony in Cleveland as his bandmates remembered him in their speeches.