Music & Entertainment News – Monday 4/16/18

Music & Entertainment News – Monday 4/16/18

The 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony — Saturday night at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, home to the Rock Hall and Museum — honored The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars, Bon Jovi and the late Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Jon Bon Jovi called upon radio personality Howard Stern to induct the band and Stern stole the show, ripping into Hall of Fame co-founder and chairman Jann [pr: yon] Wenner for the delay in selecting the band, which has sold 130-million albums.
Following Stern’s 14-minute induction, Jon delivered the longest speech of the night — a 20-minute telling of the band’s history, perhaps bolstering his argument about why it should have been inducted sooner.

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Then, joined by former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such, the band played “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “It’s My Life,” its new song “When We Were Us” and “Livin’ on a Prayer.” All together, the Bon Jovi segment lasted more than an hour.

Mary J. Blige inducted Simone, explaining that she wanted to take her time because she was “here for the Queen.”
“Nina Simone could sing anything. She was classically trained and they called her the ‘High Priestess of Soul.’ She sang jazz, blues, spirituals, folks songs, show tunes, children’s songs, songs by Bob Dylan, the Bee Gees and George Harrison. But everything she sang she made her own.”

Dr. Samuel Waymon, Nina’s younger brother and onetime manager, accepted on her behalf, and, during a very long speech, called “it the oddest thing for you to induct her because she is a non-conformist and a non-traditionalist.”

Simone, who died in 2003 at the age of 70, and has been the subject of a documentary film and a bio-pic, was honored in song by Andra Day followed by Lauryn Hill.

Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard did double duty when she inducted — and then paid musical tribute to — the electric-guitar-playing gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

“Five or six years ago people were telling me about this woman that was playing the same kind of guitar I was playing — three pick-up SG Custom and she could play. And I looked it up and I was like, ‘Well.’ That’s a legend right there. I can’t believe I’ve lived my entire life without knowing about her. And then I got really into her story because she’s really unique. She’s a rule breaker, you know. In my opinion she’s the one who created rock and roll and everything followed afterwards.”

Highlights from this year’s ceremony will air on HBO on May 5th at 8pm ET.

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