Highlights From Last Night's Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Apr 16, 2018, 09:20
Highlights From Last Night's Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

"It was so long that we were eligible and didn't make it that I got a real sour grapes (feeling) for everything about it", the Moodys' Graeme Edge - the night's oldest living inductee at 77 - told the crowd during the ceremony. "We weren't really there to be cool".

Jon Bon Jovi reunited onstage with former members for a powerful performance celebrating its admission into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the late icon Nina Simone was welcomed to the prestigious music club with show-stopping performances from singers Lauryn Hill and Andra Day.

Simone's brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the honor on his sister's behalf. All of the other artists inducted had a celebrity give an induction speech to introduce them.

British rockers Dire Straits estrangement continued with the group's frontman, Mark Knopfler, declining to attend the event alongside his band, who inducted themselves into the Hall.

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Heart's Ann Wilson will welcome The Moody Blues into the Rock Hall. Instead, bassist John Illsley, alongside keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher, inducted themselves into the Rock Hall.

The 65-minute segment also included an earnest almost 20-minute speech from Jon Bon Jovi, who noted that he's "been writing this speech many days, in many ways - some days it's the thank-you speech, some days the f***-you speech".

Soul singer Nina Simone, who raised awareness with a dazzling voice during the civil rights movement, is rock and roll royalty. People don't realize how New Wave Tom Petty was. And naturally he took the time to take plenty of potshots at Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, and artists he likes less than Bon Jovi, like Harry Chapin and Bob Dylan.

Performances included tributes to musicians who died past year, with Killers performing Tom Petty's American Girl and Free Falling.

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