'It's about time': The 2018 Rock Hall inductions

Bon Jovi

The most unexpected source of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama this year came from various Dire Straits members, with half of the chaps ultimately choosing to avoid the ceremony for inexplicable reasons.

It was a night of nostalgia, with an emphasis on 'better late than never, ' as rockers from Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues braved the wet cold of Cleveland on Saturday in the 33rd class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Watch the full hour-long Bon Jovi induction below.

"You've been so warm and courteous and kind", said Fletcher, known as keyboard player for the band.

After being inducted by DJ Howard Stern, frontman Jon said: 'I've been writing a speech like this since I first strummed a broom and sang from the top of the stairs of my childhood home.

Sambora, who left the New Jersey band in 2013, and Alec John Such, who left in 1994, embraced their former bandmates after each spoke onstage to accept the honor.

Asked about the possibility of a further reunion, Jon said: 'I think Richie's got a solo career, you know? "To all of you who have been a part of this ride for the last 35 years, and all the fans, we share this honor with you - because this life is a gift", Bon Jovi said.

Twins game postponed Friday due to snowy forecast
ET at Target Field, but a winter storm warning went into effect calling for the bulk of the snowfall to come Saturday afternoon. Reynaldo Lopez and Miguel Gonzalez were scheduled to start Friday and Saturday, respectively, for Chicago.

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. "Some days I write a thank you speech and other days, I write a (expletive)-you speech".

Tharpe will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes. Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, who died in 2003.

The Democratic governor hailed the band as "one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time". Howard sang a Tharpe track with backing from Questlove of the Roots on drums and Felicia Collins from The Late Show with David Letterman band on guitar. "She influenced the influencers".

Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who died in 1973, will earn the prestigious honour Saturday night at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock Hall is based.

"Ladies and gentleman, get on you feet and pay some rock "n" roll respect to the masterful Tom Petty", said Flowers, before tagging the end of the song with a few lines of "Free Fallin'". "It's a bit weird, but life's odd", he said.

Benjamin Orr's contributions to The Cars were well represented during the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance. "It was actually the first place I played music in front of people".

HBO will air a special with highlights from the Rock Hall induction at 8 p.m. ET on May 5.

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