In a formal letter declaring April 14 "Bon Jovi Day", Murphy wrote: "Five musicians from New Jersey communities believed in their dream and used their talents to form Bon Jovi, one of the most famous, enduring rock bands of all time". The Killers earned a loud applause from the audience when they started performing "American Girl", then transitioning to "Free Fallin'". Can you get your Dire Straits facts straight?
Founded in Boston, The Cars had a strong connection to Cleveland, the hometown of late bassist Benjamin Orr, who sang lead vocals on some the band's biggest hits like "Just What I Needed", "Bye Bye Love" and "Drive". Fans also were able to vote on the Rock Hall's website. Felicia Collins, best known has a member of the band on "Late Show with David Letterman", also wowed the audience when she performed a tribute to Tharpe.
The party hasn't started at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony but the atmosphere already is rocking.
WKYC will bring you full coverage from Saturday's festivities in Cleveland, starting with the red carpet walk at Public Hall. Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe also are being enshrined.
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The 30-year old slugger has developed into an elite hitter, and he is now hitting.250 with two homers and 11 RBI's on the season. Hector Rodriguez is getting the start this afternoon for Boston. "We've got a lot of sluggers in that lineup", Cora said.
"When you consider that about 125 bands or acts in the Hall, and when you consider that every kid who has ever strummed a guitar in their garage strives to get to that place - I am proud to be associated with that", Bon Jovi says.
The Rock Hall induction was expected to include all the original members of the band, including guitarist Richie Sambora, bassist Alec John Such, keyboardist (and Tony Award victor David Bryan), and drummer Tico Torres.
Another English band, Dire Straits, was inducted at the event, but it was without its leader Mark Knopfler, or his brother David Knopfler. She will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of blues rock band Alabama Shakes.