New Jersey declares "Bon Jovi Day"

New Jersey Gov. Murphy Declares April 14th 'Bon Jovi Day'

Bon Jovi has reunited to perform at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. They performed together, singing crowd favorites like "Livin' on a Prayer", "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life".

Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes echoed the theme when thanking the fans of the band formed in Boston in the late 1970s. They all hugged as a group afterward.

Jon Bon Jovi gave a 20-minute-long speech onstage, which he said he had been writing for years. "Some days I write the thank you speech, other days, I write the fuck-you speech". In the end, it's really all about time'. "It took a lot of people to get us here tonight".

The band were inducted by the Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers who said, in part: "The Cars had it all: the looks, the hooks, Beat-romance lyrics, killer choruses, guitar solos that pissed off your parents, dazzling music videos". Saturday was also declared Bon Jovi day in New Jersey.

Other highlights from the star-studded evening included Heart's Ann Wilson inducting the Moody Blues into the Rock Hall. The night of memories started early with The Killers delivering a faithful cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl". During an In Memoriam tribute, old photos of deceased rock "n' rollers showed as part of a video treatment, and Heart singer Ann Wilson and Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell performed a rendition of the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" as a tribute to Soundgarden Chris Cornell, a close friend of Wilson's who passed away a year ago". Cornell hanged himself in a Detroit hotel hours after a Soundgarden concert there last May.

Presenting blues, jazz, R&B, pop and folk artist Nina Simone was Mary J. Blige. Both women exceptionally displayed their powerhouse voices. He began by milking the crowd for a standing ovation before saying a word.

Grammy-nominated R&B singer Andra Day was also extraordinary, hitting high notes that also earned her applause. And I'm supposed to be the good-looking guy in the band.

Simone was a leader in pushing for civil rights and influenced everyone from Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys. Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the induction on his sister's behalf.

"Cleveland was Ben's hometown, and I know whenever he is, he's so proud of this special occasion and even more so that we're here of all places", The Cars guitarist said.

Blige feels a deep connection to Simone and said the women share an ability to ease people's pain and "help people heal".



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