The hall inducted founding members Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, Such and drummer Tico Torres, alongside Such's replacement, Hugh McDonald, who stepped in in 1994. At the end of his rant, he admitted that the guys in Bon Jovi were "the nicest men", and he sang a few lines of "Dead or Alive" before adding, "These boys have worked their asses off". Rock Hall voters have recently opened their hearts to progressive rockers, which benefited the "Nights in White Satin" singers. She was a pioneering guitarist who performed gospel music and was known to some as "the godmother of rock "n" roll".
Lead singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler skipped Saturday's ceremony and his absence was a major disappointment to fans of the band, which was influenced by blues, country, Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan.
The group then played hits like "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life".
Simone was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night by R&B superstar Mary J. Blige, who described her as "bold, strong, feisty and fearless and so vulnerable and transparent at the same time". Jon Bon Jovi gave a 20-minute-long speech onstage, which he said he had been writing for years. "I don't think you can go anywhere in this world without hearing a classic Bon Jovi tune somewhere and it's pretty incredible their whole success story". The Killers earned a loud applause from the audience when they started performing "American Girl", then transitioning to "Free Fallin'".
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The frontman said though he and the other current members haven't spoken to Sambora since he left the group, he invites the performer, along with Such, to be part of the Rock Hall festivities.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone were inducted posthumously.
"It's an honor to be here tonight, ladies and gentlemen", Stern said during his speech.
And Richie, who quit the group in 2013, was "very proud" to be back with his former bandmates. Howard Stern presided over the presentation for the ceremony. Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard talked about her recent tour. With the much-publicised non-appearance of former Dire Straits frontman and songwriter Mark Knopfler, and the unusual absence of a fellow artist to introduce them, it fell on his former bandmate and longtime friend John Illsley to induct the group himself.