New Jersey Governor Declares April 14 'Bon Jovi Day' in Garden State

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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.

TV and radio personality Howard Stern will induct Bon Jovi, and the New Jersey rockers are expected to perform at the ceremony with former guitarist Richie Sambora and ex-bassist Alec John Such. "It's as simple as that", Illsley, in an interview with Billboard, said of Mark Knopfler.

The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66.

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The pioneering new wave band, which crafted catchy pop songs into Top 40 hits, was inducted Saturday by Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers. Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, while Andra Day will sing in her honor.

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. Sister Rosetta Tharpe received a lifetime achievement award.

Desmond Child, who co-wrote some of the band's biggest hits, says he'd "love to see them back together".

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With the 2018 induction ceremony looming on Saturday (April 14) at nearby Public Hall, Hawkes and fellow Cars Ric Ocasek and Elliott Easton, along with members of Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, took in the bash along with the likes of The Voice Season 8 champion Sawyer Fredericks, Trans-Siberian Orchestra manager Adam Lind (who confirmed a 2018 TSO tour has been booked) and members of the Cleveland political, business and philanthropic communities. 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.

Soul legend Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the gospel inspiration for early rockers, both of whom were posthumously inducted, and British rockers Dire Straits rounded out the 2018 Hall of Fame class.

After Bon Jovi's set, Dire Straits was inducted in a odd moment by its own, bass guitarist John Illsley, who acknowledged the uniqueness of the decision.

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