Rock Hall to Stream Today's Red Carpet Event

New Jersey Gov. Murphy Declares April 14th 'Bon Jovi Day'

He then ran down each band member. and poked fun at them along the way, including an extended joke about which Bon Jovi member has the biggest penis. Flowers recalled the first time he heard The Cars while growing up in a tiny, "no stoplight" town in Utah, saying "40 years later they still sound like a new band to me".

"Ocasek found his silver and gold in Benjamin Orr right here in OH back in 1964", Brandon Flowers, lead singer of the Killers, said in his induction speech of a band that had already charted several hits before he was born in 1981.

Mary J. Blige and Andra Day will honour the jazzy and soulful Simone later in the show, while Ann Wilson of Heart will induct progressive rockers The Moody Blues.

As giant photos of Petty were displayed behind the stage, The Killers kicked off Saturday evening's tribute with "American Girl" one of Petty's best-known hits.

The sold-out ceremony begins at 7.30pm and Red-carpet arrivals start at 5.30pm and air via a livestream on the Rock Hall's website and social-media channels. The New Jersey rock band will join the Cars, Dire Straits the Moody Blues and others as the class of 2018.

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Gov. Phil Murphy made the declaration hours before the platinum-selling New Jersey band was to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Cleveland. Sister Rosetta Tharpe received a lifetime achievement award.

The rain may have literally dampened the red carpet, but it didn't touch the spirits of performers, inductees and hundreds of fans who gathered to cheer on their favorite musicians at Public Auditorium Saturday.

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.

Frontman Mark Knopfler and his brother, rhythm guitarist David Knopfler, won't be attending.

A flawless Brittany Howard, of the critically acclaimed rock act Alabama Shakes, gave an extraordinary Tharpe impression onstage, winning over the audience with her rousing live performance in honour of the godmother of rock "n" roll.

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