Is Richie Sambora returning to Bon Jovi? Depends on who you ask

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Raised in segregated North Carolina, Simone became a passionate advocate for racial equality, with her best-known song perhaps the civil rights anthem "To Be Young, Gifted and Black".

Guitarist Richie Sambora reunited with front man Jon Bon Jovi on stage as the group that got its start in New Jersey in the early 1980s played stadium-hits "Shot Through The Heart", "It's My Life" and "Livin' on a Prayer" to cheering fans. "Songs are very profound in a way, because you're connecting with humanity", he said.

The Cars finally made a pit stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but sadly, the honor came too late for co-founder Benjamin Orr.

After being inducted by DJ Howard Stern, frontman Jon said: 'I've been writing a speech like this since I first strummed a broom and sang from the top of the stairs of my childhood home.

Now that the Induction Ceremony will be taking place every other year in the Rock Hall City, fans can look forward to the 35th affair when acts such as Weezer, Oasis, Daft Punk and Usher are eligible.

Petty, who was enshrined with his band The Heartbreakers in 2002, died in October of an accidental drug overdose shortly after wrapping up a highly successful North American tour. This year marked the band's third nomination; Brandon Flowers, of The Killers, will induct the band.

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For photos of the red carpet event, see the photo gallery above. 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.

Beneath the many ponchos and umbrellas were T-shirts of Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, and the Cars worn by fans from throughout the county who traveled to Cleveland.

Other artists who will be inducted are Dire Straits, Nina Simone and the Moody Blues.

It was a night of nostalgia, with an emphasis on 'better late than never, ' as rockers from Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues braved the wet cold of Cleveland on Saturday in the 33rd class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Watch the full hour-long Bon Jovi induction below.

As Rolling Stone notes, following a "hilarious" speech from presenter Howard Stern, the members of the group spoke about their history in the band, and what their induction means to them. Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and guitarist Felicia Collins (who plays guitar in the Marie & Rosetta stage show) performed in honour of another 2018 inductee, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

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