Once the tension was lifted, Bon Jovi spoke about the affection for his bandmates.
Dire Straits, The Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who died in 1973, will earn the prestigious honour Saturday night at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock Hall is based.
Bon Jovi has reunited to perform at the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. "He referenced a new Rock Hall Induction category noting six influential songs, including Link Wray's Rumble", Chubby Checker's "The Twist" and Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild". She was a pioneering guitarist who performed gospel music and was known to some as "the godmother of rock "n" roll". Although it rained during the ceremony, not even a single fan left the arena.
The original group, along with current members Phil X, John Shanks and Everett Bradley, then teamed up to perform You Give Love a Bad Name, It's My Life, When We Were Us and Livin' on a Prayer. Each member of the band then said a few words of thanks before handing the microphone over to singer Jon Bon Jovi who recounted the band's history in great detail and acknowledged the influence of Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny.
Bon Jovi's portion of the four-hour-plus event ran an hour-long Saturday night, with Jon Boni Jovi giving a lengthy 20-minute speech onstage.
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The Cars have pulled into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The night of memories started early with The Killers delivering a faithful cover of Tom Petty's "American Girl".
Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone were inducted posthumously.
After being inducted by DJ Howard Stern, frontman Jon said: 'I've been writing a speech like this since I first strummed a broom and sang from the top of the stairs of my childhood home.
Simone, who died in 2003, was welcomed into the Rock Hall in a groundbreaking way from performers who she has deeply inspired, from Lauryn Hill and Andra Day to Mary J. Blige.
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 U.S. by HBO on 5 May.
In its citation, the Hall of Fame credited the London band with its revival of Americana, saying, "Dire Straits dragged rock kicking and screaming back to its gritty, country roots using beefy guitar licks and bluesy vocals". Howard Stern presided over the presentation for the ceremony.