Howard Stern inducts Bon Jovi into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘Eat sh–, Bob Dylan’

Saturday night’s (April 14) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall in Cleveland was a heartwarming evening of music and celebration, but perhaps no onstage moment elicited the laughs and cheers that Howard Stern got singing Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive.” He then exclaimed, “Eat sh–, Bob Dylan.”

The King of All Media, who labored all week on his speech inducting Bon Jovi into the Rock Hall, was his usual unflinching, no-filter self. “In a sign of the zombie apocalypse, Jann Wenner finally let Bon Jovi into the Hall of Fame,” cracked the Sirius XM host of the Rolling Stone and Rock Hall co-founder. “It took years of pondering to decide that this glorious band that sold 130 million albums [should be let] in.” Stern continued: “It’s over Jon. The dream has been re-launched — not the dream of owning a football team that was ridiculous,” he joked.

Stern compared Bon Jovi’s sales numbers to the paltry number of “The Bubonic Plague,” which killed 15 million and other comparisons endearing to Stern fans.

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SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs live on stage on Day 3 at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 20, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
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Jon Bon Jovi during Bon Jovi in Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City - August 1, 1987 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 5: Rocker Jon Bon Jovi holds up his 'City of Philadelphia Brotherly Love Award' during the Liberty Medal Gala October 5, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton received the 2006 Liberty Medal for their efforts in helping raise more than $1 billion for disaster relief efforts. (Photo by Tim Shaffer-Pool/Getty Images)
Bon Jovi performs live Opening Night at the Prudential Center October 25, 2007 Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bill McCay/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS - JULY 27: Jon Bon Jovi co-owner of the Philadelphia Soul celebrates at the end of the Arena Bowl XXII at the New Orleans Arena on July 27, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Philadelphia Soul defeated the San Jose SaberCats 59 to 56. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07: Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs live for fans at Etihad Stadium on the first show of his 2013 Australian Tour on December 7, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
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SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician Jon Bon Jovi of Bon Jovi performs live on stage on Day 3 at the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 20, 2015 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
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He also joked that Jon Bon Jovi  single handedly “destroyed the ozone layer in the 1980s with hairspray” and Richie Sambora saved many lonely women who couldn’t get dates — he name-checked Heather Lockler and Cher — in the process.

Of course, Stern got serious, too. “My friends, they are finally getting their due and it’s about time. … It was a great privilege to have this job where I could celebrate rock and roll. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making uplifting music and putting a smile on my face.”

The band clearly loved the speech, laughing hysterically in the audience. Drummer Tico Torres later remarked that Stern “always made me laugh.”

“He was my first and only choice to induct us tonight,” said Bon Jovi after a heartfelt speech accepting the honor.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.

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