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|Read Bon Jovi's Career-Defining Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Speeches
They've seen a million faces, and they rocked them all. And on Saturday night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, the members of Bon Jovi thanked a few of them, too.
It was a poignant moment, since the multiplatinum rockers have been eligible for inclusion in the institution for close to a decade and were snubbed once in 2011. Now they reunited with their estranged founding members, guitarist Richie Sambora and bassist Alec John Such, to accept the honors from the self-proclaimed King of All Media, Howard Stern. "Am I relieved? Yeah," Jon Bon Jovi told The New York Times when asked last year about the induction. "Am I pleased? Absolutely. But it's about time."
He and his past and present bandmates used their time at the podium to reflect on just how they got to this point in their career. Here's what they had to say.
Alec John Such: I realized, I soon realized, how serious it was and [Jon Bon Jovi] had a vision that he wanted to bring us to and I am only too happy to have been a part of that vision. Many people here tonight, I know it, I'm gonna thank you – all the managers, agents, PR people, record people, family, road crew, I'm gonna thank you. You know who you are. To be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is such an honor. Thank you. These guys are the best. We had so many great times together, and we just wouldn't be here if it wasn't for those. Love 'em to death, always will. I'd like to bring up Hughey McDonald.
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