On the red carpet ahead of Saturday's Rock Hall induction ceremony; photos

On the red carpet ahead of Saturday's Rock Hall induction ceremony; photos

"It just didn't appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions".

Each member of the band then delivered a speech, and Bon Jovi's stretched about 20 minutes. She was the one who put a 14-year-old Little Richard Penniman on stage for the first time, and Little Richard's life was never the same.

Bon Jovi, one of New Jersey's finest musical exports since Bruce Springsteen, is now a Hall of Fame act.

But it was clear, from the time that Jon Bon Jovi arrived on the red carpet to squeals of delight from hundreds of women clad in rain coats or huddled under umbrellas, that the New Jersey super group was the main star of the night.

The presenter who'll induct Dire Straits hasn't been announced yet, and only three of the band's members will be on hand for the event: bassist John Illsley, and keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher.

The late Tom Petty was honored with a rousing musical tribute by The Killers to open the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland. He even sang some of "Wanted Dead or Alive", getting the audience to join in.

Flowers will deliver the induction speech to welcome The Cars into the Hall.

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The sold-out ceremony begins at 7.30pm and Red-carpet arrivals start at 5.30pm and air via a livestream on the Rock Hall's website and social-media channels.

R&B-infused progressive rockers the Moody Blues took the stage to perform Your Wildest Dreams, while New Wave pop songwriters the Cars played Just What I Needed.

There may be something to that, since Bon Jovi - whose fans came out in thousands to see the band inducted - were the first band to be inducted at the ceremony.

Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock Hall tonight along with The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi reunited with former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such along with current bandmates David Bryan, Tico Torres and Hugh McDonald. The band will be inducted by Howard Stern.

Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard will pay homage to late gospel artist Tharpe, an early influence on the music that became rock 'n roll.

Dire Straits, led by Mark Knopfler, emerged from Britain's so-called pub rock scene of the 1970s, which emphasized blues roots and no-frills musicianship in an era of angry punks and flamboyant glam bands.

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