‘It’s about time’: Bon Jovi, Dire Straits inducted into hall of fame

Cleveland: It was a night of nostalgia, with an emphasis on ‘better late than never,’ as rockers from Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues braved the wet cold of Cleveland on Saturday in the 33rd class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Guitarist Richie Sambora reunited with front man Jon Bon Jovi on stage as the group that got its start in New Jersey in the early 1980s played stadium-hits Shot Through The Heart, Itโ€™s My Life and Livin’ on a Prayer to cheering fans.

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Cleveland Public Auditorium on Saturday.

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Cleveland Public Auditorium on Saturday.

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The set followed a rather R-rated introduction by radio personality Howard Stern, who bemoaned how long it took for the band that sold more than 130 million albums to be inducted.

“The bubonic plague only killed 50 million people,” Stern said. “That’s peanuts compared to the more than 130 million albums. They are finally getting their due, and it is about time.”

Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes echoed the theme when thanking the fans of the band formed in Boston in the late 1970s.

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