New Jersey declares "Bon Jovi Day"

Dire Straits' Rock Hall Induction was both heartfelt and bizarre

Dire Straits' Rock Hall Induction was both heartfelt and bizarre

While inducting his old friends Bon Jovi into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Howard Stern quipped that "Jann Wenner finally let Bon Jovi in". Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe also are being enshrined. He then ran down each band member. and poked fun at them along the way, including an extended joke about which Bon Jovi member has the biggest penis.

Sambora left in 2013.

During the ceremony, the band also performed their hit songs "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life". It was a surprise for the group members in attendance: Jon Bon Jovi (with his wife and four children), David Bryan, Tico Torres, Hugh McDonald, Richie Sambora, and Alec John Such (who will be inducted tonight). "That's such a big number", Stern said. About 625,00 died in the Civil War. "Peanuts compared to 130 million". Special guests and presenters include Howard Stern, Mary J. Blige, Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and Lauryn Hill. "It is my honor to induct you". There was no performance following the band members' speeches. "It just didn't appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions".

Brothers Mark and David Knopfler, of English rockers Dire Straits, won't attend the event, according to bassist John Illsley. It's still as prevalent now as it was back then, and there's so many young people who listen to their parents records who love Dire Straits, too.


As has been the standard in recent years, HBO acquired the rights to be the sole network to air the Rock Hall induction.

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.

Return to Cleveland 19 throughout the day for livestreaming, red carpet photos and ceremony videos.

Saturday morning, awaiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions ceremony, Joe Milliken reflected on the time when Ben Orr and Ric Ocasek lived in Ann Arbor in the late 1960s.

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