The Cars, founded in Boston in 1976, combined New Wave and classic rock sounds. There was no performance following the band members' speeches.
Overlooked but never unappreciated, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is finally a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.
Both tonight's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Public Hall and the watch party at the Rock Hall have been sold out for weeks.
Dire Straits went into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame without its leader.
Onstage, Illsley said of Mark's absence: "I'll assure you it's a personal thing".
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". 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.
During the ceremony, Bon Jovi was introduced on stage during longtime fan and friend Howard Stern who shared tons of amusing stories during his speech.
But Sambora was back being Bon Jovi's right-hand man Saturday night, breaking into an extended guitar riff on "You Give Love a Bad Name" and using his voice synthesizer to introduce "Livin' on a Prayer".
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The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66.
He then led the audience in a singalong of "Wanted Dead or Alive", and ended his lengthy and out-of-tune a cappella take by saying, "Eat shit, Bob Dylan".
Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall.
Other artists who will be inducted are Dire Straits, Nina Simone and the Moody Blues. Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe also are being enshrined.
Sambora left Bon Jovi in 2013 and Such in 1994.
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. But neither the comedian nor the band showed up that day, and while Stern quickly made up with Kinison, he wouldn't reconcile with Bon Jovi for a few more years.
Frontman Mark Knopfler and his brother, rhythm guitarist David Knopfler, won't be attending.