|Then & now: Dave, Alec, Jon, Tico, Richie. |
Photo: David Bergman.
Everyone (the members who were inducted, plus Phil X, John Shanks, and Everett Bradley) took to the stage together, although I think Alec only played on "Livin' on a Prayer". The following songs were performed:
- You Give Love a Bad Name
- It's My Life
- When We Were Us
- Livin' on a Prayer
The official HBO telecast of the induction ceremony will air on May 5. Hopefully those of us not in the US will be able to watch it too.
In the meantime, there are some unofficial streams from fans in attendance, including this one:
"Wanted Dead or Alive" was conspicuously absent, but Richie did perform it at the Rock Hall the previous weekend to kick off induction week:
In case you missed it, Bon Jovi and the Moody Blues had made an appearance at the Rock Hall the day before the ceremony, with Jon giving a speech saying, "We're thrilled, we're honoured, and it's about f***ing time".
The red carpet, including Bon Jovi's arrival and interviews with Jon and Richie, was also live streamed:
Now I know there are plenty of fans who have harboured varying degrees of discontent with the state of Bon Jovi over the past few years. I'd be lying if I said I was completely happy about everything. But tonight that didn't matter. (I won't speak for anyone else, but it didn't matter to me.) Tonight was a celebration of what Bon Jovi's music has meant to me for so long. All the times they lifted me up, consoled me, saved me. And that history won't change, no matter what happens going forward.
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