Nina Simone into Rock Hall of Fame

Nina Simone into Rock Hall of Fame

After months of anticipation, discussions and debate Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits and The Moody Blues will finally be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tonight in Cleveland.

Stern joked about Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner, questioning why he was qualified to vote on who enters the prominent organization. Van Zandt credited Link Wray for being the creator of distortion and the power chord, as well as for his rock and roll attitude, which helped change the world.

Founded in Boston, The Cars had a strong connection to Cleveland, the hometown of late bassist Benjamin Orr, who sang lead vocals on some the band's biggest hits like "Just What I Needed", "Bye Bye Love" and "Drive". There was no performance following the band members' speeches. Simone will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Flowers recalled the first time he heard The Cars while growing up in a tiny, "no stoplight" town in Utah, saying "40 years later they still sound like a new band to me".

They performed crowd favorites like "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "It's My Life". Felicia Collins, best known has a member of the band on "Late Show with David Letterman", also wowed the audience when she performed a tribute to Tharpe.


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. Harris unveiled the 2018 Inductees plaque with Moody Blues and Bon Jovi, and Rock Hall curators then installed the plaque in the exhibit area.

Tharpe will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes. Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, who died in 2003.

Alan Clark of Dire Straits laughed in the bottom level food court as he spoke about how he claimed that he, bassist John Illsley and keyboardist Guy Fletcher would play an acoustic version of the epic "Telegraph Road" in the absence of frontman Mark Knopfler - and that it was taken seriously.

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