Music News: The Cars, Moody Blues, Bon Jovi inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Ric Ocasek of the Cars performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ric Ocasek of the Cars performs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 2018. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images For The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

On Saturday night in Cleveland, the Cars, the Moody Blues, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Nina Simone were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Cars were the night's big reunion, playing hits including "Just What I Needed," "You Might Think," and "My Best Friend's Girl." The night's big no-show was Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler, with founding bassist John Illsley the band's highest-profile member in attendance.

The ceremony's highlights included Howard Stern’s irreverent speech inducting Bon Jovi and Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) paying tribute to Tharpe. (Rolling Stone)

Beyoncé wows Coachella

You knew Beyoncé wasn't going to disappoint with her headlining gig at Coachella, especially after having to postpone for a year due to having a child. Needless to say, she triumphed this weekend — with a set that included a Destiny's Child reunion and an appearance by her husband/tourmate JAY-Z...oh, and her sister Solange, and a 100-member marching band called the Buzz. (Rolling Stone)

Jack White rocks SNL

Jack White was the musical guest this weekend on Saturday Night Live, playing two songs from his new album Boarding House Reach. (Billboard) St. Vincent was delighted to see that White played her signature Ernie Ball guitar on the show. (Billboard) In other SNL news, Childish Gambino fans can get excited: on May 5, Donald Glover will be both the host and musical guest. (Variety)

Huey Lewis cancels shows due to hearing disorder

Huey Lewis and the News have canceled all their remaining 2018 shows due to Lewis's struggle with Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear that limits hearing. Lewis has sought treatment at the Mayo Clinic and the Stanford Ear Institute, and hopes to recover and ultimately resume touring; Ryan Adams also suffered from the disease, which forced him to take a two-year break from touring starting in 2011. (Rolling Stone)

How about that Taylor Swift cover of "September"?

Taylor Swift has covered Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 classic "September" for a single released exclusively on Spotify. Many people were appalled by the very notion of the cover and refused to even listen, but Swift ended up getting a positive nod from none other than Allee Willis, one of the song's co-writers. "Taylor Swift is the absolute cherry on top of a very soulful and happy sundae," said Willis, a recent inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and also a co-writer of the Friends theme "I'll Be There for You," performed by Minnesota's own Rembrandts. (Billboard)


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