The 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony — Saturday night at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, home to the Rock Hall and Museum — honored The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars, Bon Jovi and the late Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Jon Bon Jovi called upon Howard Stern to induct the band and Stern stole the show, ripping into Hall of Fame co-founder and chairman Jann [pr: yon] Wenner for the delay in selecting the band, which has sold 130-million albums. “I don’t know if I should let Bon Jovi in. 130-million albums, that’s not such a big deal. Try to look at it this way. The average amount of sperm in one ejaculation is only 100-million. Bon Jovi beats sperm ladies and gentlemen. And you know, speaking of sperm, the band Cream sold 35-million records. Blondie sold 40-million records and these guys got into the Hall of Fame and they didn’t have to wait. Jann knew what to do.”
Jon Bon Jovi on Bon Jovi being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year as opposed to when they were nominated in 2011. “I think I just have a deeper appreciation for everything, you know. After all I’ve been through in the last few years, to come back in the way that we did and then to be given this gift, it’s not taken lightly.”
Following Stern’s 14-minute induction, Jon delivered the longest speech of the night — a 20-minute telling of the band’s history, perhaps bolstering his argument about why it should have been inducted sooner.
Then, joined by former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such, the band played “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “It’s My Life,” its new song “When We Were Us” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.” All together, the Bon Jovi segment lasted more than an hour.
Highlights from this year’s ceremony will air on HBO on May 5th at 8 p.m. ET.