(And if you want even more Rock Hall content, you can now stream the ceremonies of years' past on HBO Go, too.) While the induction usually hovers around the five-hour mark, HBO has made a habit of trimming only the slightest amount of time from the ceremonies, so you're guaranteed to see all of the evening's speeches, performances, and general merriment with limited edits.
"When you consider that about 125 bands or acts in the Hall, and when you consider that every kid who has ever strummed a guitar in their garage strives to get to that place - I am proud to be associated with that", Bon Jovi says. Gov. Phil Murphy made the declaration hours before the platinum-selling New Jersey band was to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland. The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976, combined New Wave and classic rock sounds. Rock Hall board chairman Chris Connor also spoke about the renovations and thanked the NY board for its support. This year marked the band's third nomination; Flowers will induct the band. "I am considering doing one of the new songs and that is something that's just not done".
Bon Jovi claims that he is going to the festivities with big plans for the band.
In a toast, Guthrie said that there isn't a hall of fame big enough for Jon when one considers his philanthropy, legacy, impact on popular culture and trends, and his loyalty.
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The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66. The Killers earned a loud applause from the audience when they started performing "American Girl", then transitioning to "Free Fallin'".
Guests are hitting the red carpet Saturday evening for the ceremony, which is back in Cleveland. Harris unveiled the 2018 Inductees plaque with Moody Blues and Bon Jovi, and Rock Hall curators then installed the plaque in the exhibit area. It was a surprise for the group members in attendance: Jon Bon Jovi (with his wife and four children), David Bryan, Tico Torres, Hugh McDonald, Richie Sambora, and Alec John Such (who will be inducted tonight).
Tharpe will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes. Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, who died in 2003.
Frontman Mark Knopfler and his brother, rhythm guitarist David Knopfler, won't be attending. The ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.