Bon Jovi Finally Gets Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“It’s good news for everybody. For the band, for the people who support us, for our families… A lot of people are very happy and proud. Some of us are even relieved!” – Bon Jovi to Variety. 

It’s been a long time coming but the wait is finally over! The legend that is Jon Bon Jovi was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Normally when musicians are entering the Hall of Fame, they are able to choose the person who formally inducts them. Most decide on fellow musicians but when it comes to Bon Jovi, he picked the one and only Howard Stern. It certainly came as a bit of a head scratcher that the self-proclaimed radio host was chosen to speak on behalf of Bon Jovi’s career but the 56 year old rockstar was eager to explain why:

“Our careers have paralleled in a lot of ways. Whether it was the ups or downs, we’ve come through everything together and we do this at this point because we love the people we work with. And truth is, nobody knows me or the band members as well as Howard.” 

The well-known rock group began gaining popularity in the ’80s and acquired their first Hall of Fame nomination in 2011. During that time, the band performed a medley of all their classic hits such as Livin’ on a Prayer, It’s My Life and You Give Love a Bad Name. It was an emotional performance because it was the first time in a long time where Richie Sambora joined Bon Jovi on stage to sing When We Were Us. Safe to say, the crowd shed a few tears that night.

Fast forward seven years to April 14th, 2018; keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, current bassist Hugh McDonald, former bassist Alec John Such who departed from the band in 1994 and guitarist Richie Sambora who departed in 2013 are all officially inducted alongside Bon Jovi.

“I’ve been writing this speech since I first strummed the broom and sang at the top of the stairs of my childhood home. I’ve actually written in many ways, many times. Some days I write the thank you speech, other days I write the f–k you speech. Writing it was therapeutic for me in a lot of ways. I certainly see things differently tonight than I would have 10, 20, 30 years ago. In the end, it’s all about time. It took a lot of people to get us here tonight and not all of them were hair stylists.” 

In addition to Bon Jovi’s speech, original member Richie Sambora (pictured above) expressed his gratitude: “First I gotta say thank you to everybody in this band because the hardest thing to do, I believe, is to find four guys with yourself that’ll go through anything, that will work hard, that will go crazy… whatever it takes. And we did that for a really long time. But boy, was it fun. If I wrote a book it would be the best time I ever had.” 

Once Howard Stern hit the stage, it was over. He began with a very raunchy but very funny stand up routine about going on a date with Richie and having a threesome with some “really hot chick.” It may not have been the perfect explanation to express his closeness with the band but it certainly got the point across – in a rather… comedic manner.

“This is an honor long overdue. I don’t think you can go anywhere in this world without hearing a classic Bon Jovi tune somewhere. It’s pretty incredible… their whole success story.” 

To check out Howard Stern’s full induction speech, click here.

Some other musicians that are included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 are Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and the late Nina Simone.

Written by Victoria Christiano

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