Rockers Bon Jovi to head 2018 Rock Hall class

'An incredible place': Dire Straits gives CLE big shout-out during Rock Hall induction speeches

Fans also were able to vote on the Rock Hall's website.

A classically-trained pianist, Simone is often referred to as "The High Priestess of Soul".

The New Jersey kids were back together for one more time last night.

After belting out a vocally challenged "Wanted Dead or Alive" and leading the crowd in a singalong, Stern thanked all of rock "n" roll, then turned toward his longtime friends.

Flowers of the Killers, who has covered The Cars' songs at his live shows, was ecstatic and energetic as he inducted the band into the Rock Hall, even getting on his knee to hand the members their award as they walked onstage.

"That started as an April Fool's joke, and I couldn't help but perpetuate the myth further when people started to take it a bit seriously", Clark said.

Sambora left Bon Jovi in 2013 and Such in 1994. There was no performance following the band members' speeches. "I mean, it's a long time ago, but I'm constantly reminded about how people still love the music".

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

The Cars, led by Ric Ocasek, went in a different direction, bringing the quirky electronic effects of New Wave to classically structured pop songs, generating a string of hits such as You Might Think, Shake It Up, and Drive.

Tharpe died in 1973 at the age of 58, but her music lives on and is being appreciated by a new generation just learning of her legacy. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi reunited with former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such along with current bandmates David Bryan, Tico Torres and Hugh McDonald.

Other artists who will be inducted are Dire Straits, Nina Simone and the Moody Blues. The band will be inducted by Howard Stern.

Soul legend Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the gospel inspiration for early rockers, both of whom were posthumously inducted, and British rockers Dire Straits rounded out the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

Brothers Mark and David Knopfler, of English rockers Dire Straits, won't attend the event, according to bassist John Illsley.

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