Bon Jovi has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The group, famous for hit singles such as ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and ‘Always’, were honoured in the 33rd annual induction ceremony on Saturday night (April 14) in Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, alongside bands such as The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits and performers Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres as well as previous band members Alec John Such and Richie Sambora were all on hand to receive the award and perform with the group.
Taking to the podium, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi playfully acknowledged the group’s lengthy exclusion from the Rock Hall, while also thanking his band for support.
“I’ve been writing this speech many days, in many ways — some days, it’s the thank you speech, some days the f**k you speech,” he said.
“It’s about time — that has been the theme of my weekend.
“I thank my lucky stars for the time I got to spend with [the band]. Tonight the band that agreed to do me a favour stands before you so I can make this reality a dream.”
The band capped off the ceremony with a crowd-pleasing set of hit singles ‘You Give Love a Bad Name’, ‘It’s My Life’, ‘When We Were Us’ and ‘Livin’ on a Prayer.’
Congrats, guys. It’s about bloody time.
The 33rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be aired on HBO on Sunday, May 5.
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