The Cars Drive Into Rock & Roll Immortality

Ava Sambora supports dad Richie as he's inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Radio superstar Howard Stern inducted the band with an irreverent, profanity-laced speech and also led the crowd in singing "Wanted Dead Or Alive", one of Bon Jovi's biggest hits that helped them sell 130 million albums.

Bon Jovi said he'd been writing his induction speech for years. Bassist Alec John Such left the band in 1993, while guitarist Richie Sambora departed in 2013.

Talking about Jon Bon Jovi, Stern, who didn't shy away from lewd jokes, said he's the man responsible in the '80s for destroying the ozone with hairspray. 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".

"Whoever played in a garage dreams of being in a big rock band and I was no different".

"We took that journey together at certain times as a group, and I think it's wonderful we can re-enact that - not only for us, but for the fans", said Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan back in February. The band did not perform after speaking.

The most unexpected source of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama this year came from various Dire Straits members, with half of the chaps ultimately choosing to avoid the ceremony for inexplicable reasons.

Singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone, who died in 2003 aged 70, was inducted by Mary J Blige, who called the unique performer "the High Priestess of Soul", adding that she "could sing anything" but that "everything she sang she made her own".

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Alabama Shake's Brittany Howard paid tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe with a powerful performance of "That's All" and "Strange Things Happening Every Day".

The show kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty by The Killers, who performed "American Girl" and "Free Fallin'". Blige inducted Simone, calling the singer "bold, strong, feisty and fearless".

Other highlights from the star-studded evening included Heart's Ann Wilson inducting the Moody Blues into the Rock Hall.

The induction of the late Nina Simone was marked with a performance of some of her songs by Lauryn Hill, Andra Day and the Roots; her trophy was accepted by her brother, Joe Wayman.

The Cars have pulled into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She influenced countless musicians, including hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Kanye West and others who first discovered her from a 2015 Oscar-nominated documentary. It feels kinda odd to be up here without him. "Without Cleveland, what the (expletive) is rock and roll?" said Van Zandt, who received quite the audience response.

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 United States by HBO on 5 May.

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