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

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

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

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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. He closed by thanking his wife, Dorothea, saying "I just want to make you tea and tell you that I love you".

Each member of the band then delivered a speech, and Bon Jovi's stretched about 20 minutes.

Overlooked but never unappreciated, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is finally a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.

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To celebrate the lead up to the big night, WKYC will be live on the red carpet Friday with full coverage of the festivities.

Tharpe died in 1973 and was a pioneering guitarist who performed gospel music.

One day earlier, Bernie Karr, a board member for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and a former Toledo attorney, looked over a crowd that was crammed into the Rock Hall, hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the inductees. He's disappointed that the group won't be performing and said he expected Knopfler wouldn't show up, but added that hasn't diminished his enthusiasm for the induction.

Founded in London while punk music was exploding, Dire Straits created a unique sound and had a string of radio hits in the 1970s and 1980s, including "Sultans Of Swing" and "Money For Nothing", a song that captured how MTV re-shaped the music industry.

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Led by Sayreville native Jon Bon Jovi, the band released its first album in 1984, but were regulars on the New Jersey bar circuit for years before that - sometimes when the singer was too young to legally drink at those bars. The band will be inducted by Howard Stern.

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.

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.

Other artists who will be inducted are Dire Straits, Nina Simone and the Moody Blues. Sister Rosetta Tharpe received a lifetime achievement award. The band will be inducted by Howard Stern.

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After Bon Jovi's set, Dire Straits was inducted in a odd moment by its own, bass guitarist John Illsley, who acknowledged the uniqueness of the decision.

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