Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

New Jersey Gov. Murphy Declares April 14th 'Bon Jovi Day'

New Jersey Gov. Murphy Declares April 14th 'Bon Jovi Day'

Save for Ocasek and his family, who were accompanied by security, most of the inductees who attended the party freely mingled and took pictures with fans, and most took time to check out their exhibits. Gov. Phil Murphy made the declaration hours before the platinum-selling New Jersey band was to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland.

Stern joked about Rock Hall co-founder Jann Wenner, questioning why he was qualified to vote on who enters the prominent organization.

Flowers of the Killers, who has covered The Cars' songs at his live shows, was ecstatic and energetic as he inducted the band into the Rock Hall, even getting on his knee to hand the members their award as they walked onstage. "It just didn't appeal to him, and I appealed to him on several occasions".

Bassist John Illsley acknowledged the awkwardness of Knopfler not being present and then took a subtle swipe at his bandmate and close friend by saying, "it's more than one person, a collective".

Bon Jovi claims that he is going to the festivities with big plans for the band. They went on to record classic rock anthems including "You Give Love A Bad Name", "Livin' On A Prayer" and "Wanted Dead or Alive".

The 33rd annual Rock Hall ceremony kicked off with a tribute to Tom Petty, who died in October at age 66. 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". The rocker and activist's band, Bon Jovi - along with two other artists with area ties, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe - join The Cars, Dire Straits (sans leader Mark Knopfler) and The Moody Blues as part of 2018's new Rock Hall membership. Jon Bon Jovi will be inducted alongside current bandmates David Bryan and Tico Torres, as well as former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such. She will be inducted by Brittany Howard, of blues rock band Alabama Shakes. The ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.

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