Rockers roll into Cleveland for Hall of Fame induction

'An incredible place': Dire Straits gives CLE big shout-out during Rock Hall induction speeches

'An incredible place': Dire Straits gives CLE big shout-out during Rock Hall induction speeches

He then ran down each band member. and poked fun at them along the way, including an extended joke about which Bon Jovi member has the biggest penis. The band then transitioned into a segment of "Free Fallin' as lead singer Brandon Flowers urged the crowd of 10,000 to "get on your feet for the eternal Tom Petty".

After Bon Jovi's set, Dire Straits was inducted in a unusual moment by its own, bass guitarist John Illsley, who acknowledged the uniqueness of the decision.

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".

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.

Orr died in 2000, but each of the band members acknowledged his impact, with lead singer Ric Ocasek saying "it feels odd being up here without him". "I'm honoured to induct Sister Rosetta Tharpe into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame", Howard yelled following a video package featuring past interviews from Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and others praising Tharpe's musicality. She influenced countless musicians, including hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Kanye West and others who first discovered her from a 2015 Oscar-nominated documentary.

She will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of blues rock band Alabama Shakes. Ric Ocasek paid tribute to bandmate Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000.

But he said the Cars provided him entertainment while growing up in a small Utah town in a Mormon household.

Elliot Easton also was emotional at the end of his speech when he thanked his mom, who he said was watching from above. [My wife] said, 'No, you're going to go Cleveland and we're going to have fun.'. "It was actually the first place I played music in front of people".

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.

The event will air May 5 on HBO and will also be heard on SiriusXM Radio.

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