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Past due, Moody Blues inducted into Rock Hall

16 April 2018

The only thing that was missing at the ceremony was Jann Wenner, the co-founder of the Rock Hall.

Simone was a leader in pushing for civil rights and influenced everyone from Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys. Her brother, Sam Waymon, accepted the induction on his sister's behalf.

Dire Straits, led by Mark Knopfler, emerged from Britain's so-called pub rock scene of the 1970s, which emphasized blues roots and no-frills musicianship in an era of angry punks and flamboyant glam bands.

As an alternative, inductees the Moody Blues stopped the night time because the previous action. "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". Cars members all acknowledged his contribution to the group, and singer Ric Ocasek even spoke about living in Cleveland for a short time, something which received an enthusiastic response from the capacity crowd at Public Hall.

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Jon Bon Jovi, left, and Richie Sambora run through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Cleveland.

New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi, new wave pioneers the Cars and four first-time nominees, including singer Nina Simone, are in this year's eclectic class.

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone were inducted posthumously. "To all of you who have been a part of this ride for the last 35 years, and all the fans, we share this honor with you - because this life is a gift", Bon Jovi said.

Simone, who died in 2003, was welcomed into the Rock corridor at a radical way from performers who has deeply motivated, from Lauryn Hill and Andra Day into Mary J. Blige.

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And Richie, who quit the group in 2013, was "very proud" to be back with his former bandmates. With the much-publicised non-appearance of former Dire Straits frontman and songwriter Mark Knopfler, and the odd absence of a fellow artist to introduce them, it fell on his former bandmate and longtime friend John Illsley to induct the group himself.

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Howard Stern did the honors for the band, with one of the night's more entertaining speeches.

Past due, Moody Blues inducted into Rock Hall