The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was again an odd affair, not in a “those rockers are so weird” way, but more “these old guys have issues.” The tinge of Jon Bon Jovi’s ungratefulness showed a baffling lack of self-awareness, coming off as if he saw himself as The Beatles incarnate after saying he’d been rewriting his induction speech since childhood and that sometimes it’s been a “thank you” speech and other times it’s “the ‘fuck you’ speech” because the band had to wait a whole 10 years to earn the nod. Bon Jovi played two early big hits that sound exactly alike and a song from 2016 — “one of the few times in Hall of Fame history that a group has played a new song,” according to Rolling Stone. The Hair Metal Lite group turned generic Radio Rock staples turned Adult Contemporary act is still massively popular, but their influence and effect on music seems negligible — quick, what bands wouldn’t have existed were it not for ’Jovi? Ugly Kid Joe? Warrant? Creed? Staind?
Here's the best thing about Bon Jovi getting into the Hall of Fame:
WARM: Dire Fire
Meanwhile, Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler didn’t even show up for his band’s induction (perhaps realizing his band wasn’t really worthy?). In fact, half of the Dire Straits musicians inducted didn’t make it to the event. There was no post-induction performance or tribute, and the Rock Hall apparently couldn’t find anyone to justify the group’s induction — for the first time ever, there was no guest induction speaker, leaving Dire Straits’ bassist John Illsley to begin the members’ speeches (following a video montage) with, “It’s my honor to welcome Dire Straits into the Hall Of Fame.”
COLD: Big Thinkin’
It’s unimaginable what Kanye West will say when he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but going by his reputation thus far, it will probably be interesting and weird. The rapper recently reactivated his dormant Twitter account, which was always a good indication of where his head was (like Trump’s Twitter but not terrifying). The best new bits have been philosophical nuggets like, “Some people have to work within the existing consciousness while some people can shift the consciousness.” West has apparently been big thinkin’ a lot lately — he recently said he is working on a “philosophy book” called Break the Simulation.