The evening was opened by the Killers, who marked the 2017 passing of Tom Petty with a version of his early favourite with the Heartbreakers, "American Girl.' The passing of Chris Cantrell was acknowledged with a take on Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun" by Heart's Ann Wilson and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.
Asked about the possibility of a further reunion, Jon said: 'I think Richie's got a solo career, you know?
They were inducted by Howard Stern, who provided many laughs to the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock Hall is based.
Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe were the Class of 2018 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "The dream I'm talking about is that this great band of brothers are finally joining their fellow musicians in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame", he said. "Other days, I write the 'F**k you" speech. "Let's just leave it at that", bassist John Illsley told the audience. Illsley inducted the band himself.
#13 - A tribute to gospel-blues singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe (who died in 1973) was by Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, following video footage of interviews by Aretha Franklin and Johnny Cash of her musical prowess. There was no performance following the band members' speeches. Look, this is an honor long overdue.
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According to USA Today, Howard Stern said of the group's rise to fame, "Aside from the incredible music accomplishments, they are some of the nicest men I ever met, humble and gracious".
Tharpe died in 1973 and was a pioneering guitarist who performed gospel music. "It's quite odd to be here without him", Ocasek said in reference to Orr.
Elliot Easton also was emotional at the end of his speech when he thanked his mom, who he said was watching from above.
Ocasek also earned applause when he namedropped Cleveland: "I lived in Cleveland for a while".
#8 - Lauryn Hill made an unexpected appearance to join Andra Day and The Roots to perform the songs of the late Nina Simone - "the high priestess of soul" according to Mary J Blige who inducted her, the night's most musical moment.
The group then played "I'm Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band, ' 'Wildest Dreams, ' 'Nights in White Satin" and 'Ride My See Saw.' The ceremony will be aired in the USA by HBO on 5 May.