Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

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

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Nicole Thomas | 15 April, 2018, 13:48

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.

Of course, it had to be Bon Jovi.

After belting out a vocally challenged "Wanted Dead or Alive" and leading the crowd in a singalong, Stern thanked all of rock "n" roll, then turned toward his longtime friends. "Without Ben's innate talent and rock star good looks, we wouldn't be up here tonight", keyboardist and saxophonist Greg Hawkes said.

As has been the standard in recent years, HBO acquired the rights to be the sole network to air the Rock Hall induction.

Clark contributed the accordion he played on the title track to the Brothers In Arms album, and bassist John Illsley - who co-owns the group name with Knopfler and, like Clark and Fletcher, roamed mostly unrecognized during the party - vowed to help find more items to fill out the group's somewhat sparse display at the Rock Hall.

Tharpe will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of Alabama Shakes. Mary J. Blige will induct Simone, who died in 2003. Howard was backed by an equally appealing Questlove of The Roots on the drums.

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Tharpe, who died in 1973, was chosen for her early influence on rock. 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".

Overlooked but never unappreciated, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is finally a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.

"Ocasek found his silver and gold in Benjamin Orr right here in OH back in 1964", Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the Killers, said in his induction speech of a band that had already charted several hits before he was born in 1981.

Saturday morning, awaiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions ceremony, Joe Milliken reflected on the time when Ben Orr and Ric Ocasek lived in Ann Arbor in the late 1960s.

Ocasek also earned applause when he namedropped Cleveland: "I lived in Cleveland for a while".

Simone, who won induction on her first nomination, was widely considered one of the most influential singers of the 20th century who brought the sensibilities of classical music to gospel and jazz.

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