After years of being snubbed by the Hall, Bon Jovi was inducted this year via a fan voting process where music aficionados could vote for them via an online ballot.
"I've been writing this speech since I first strummed a broom and sang at the top of the stairs of my childhood home", he said. "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".
The set followed a rather R-rated introduction by radio personality Howard Stern, who bemoaned how long it took for the band that sold more than 130 million albums to be inducted. Illsley inducted the band himself.
"I know there's been a lot of speculation about the fact that Mark is not here, but I can assure you, it's just a personal thing. Let's just leave it at that".
The contenders for that honor came mid show and all related to artists no longer with us, starting with Brittany Howard - the force-of-nature vocalist who fronts Alabama Shakes - inducting the late Sister Rosetta Tharpe and performing the deceased early guitar pioneer's "That's All".
#7 - Guy Fletcheradmitted, "I never thought of Dire Straits as a particularly cool band..."
#8 - Lauryn Hill made an unexpected appearance to join Andra Day and The Roots to perform the songs of the late Nina Simone - "the high priestess of soul" according to Mary J Blige who inducted her, the night's most musical moment. He said he always protected Simone, and continues to do so.
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The Moody Blues started in R&B but shifted gears sharply with 1967's concept album "Days of Future Passed".
The evening was opened by the Killers, who marked the 2017 passing of Tom Petty with a version of his early favourite with the Heartbreakers, "American Girl.' The passing of Chris Cantrell was acknowledged with a take on Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun" by Heart's Ann Wilson and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.
#14 - The Killers' Brandon Flowers who covers The Cars' songs in his show, fell to his knee as The Cars members walked on stage. Cars members all acknowledged his contribution to the group, and singer Ric Ocasek even spoke about living in Cleveland for a short time, something which received an enthusiastic response from the capacity crowd at Public Hall.
"To all the fans who supported this band, we share this honor with you", he said. "As much as I want it to be the Cars and I love everyone so much in the Cars, without him it just feels different".
The inaugural class comprised six singles: "Rocket 88", by Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats; "Rumble", by Link Wray; "The Twist", by Chubby Checker; "Louie Louie", by The Kingsmen; "A Whiter Shade of Pale", by Procol Harum, and "Born to Be Wild", by Steppenwolf.
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