(And if you want even more Rock Hall content, you can now stream the ceremonies of years' past on HBO Go, too.) While the induction usually hovers around the five-hour mark, HBO has made a habit of trimming only the slightest amount of time from the ceremonies, so you're guaranteed to see all of the evening's speeches, performances, and general merriment with limited edits.
The presenter who'll induct Dire Straits hasn't been announced yet, and only three of the band's members will be on hand for the event: bassist John Illsley, and keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher.
The celebrations are well underway for the 33rd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and the red carpet has been rolled out for music royalty. 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". "We know that we could do "You Give Love a Bad Name, ' "Livin" on a Prayer" or 'Wanted Dead or Alive, ' but they're hardly representative of our career - that's just one album", he says of 1986's 12 times platinum release Slippery When Wet.More news: Cynthia Nixon accepts endorsement from NY's Working Families Party
Bon Jovi claims that he is going to the festivities with big plans for the band.
The late Tom Petty was honored with a rousing musical tribute by The Killers to open the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland.
Other artists who will be inducted are Dire Straits, Nina Simone and the Moody Blues.More news: Commonwealth Games: Saina beats Sindhu, clinches women's singles title
Bassist John Illsley acknowledged the awkwardness of Knopfler not being present and then took a subtle swipe at his bandmate and close friend by saying, "it's more than one person, a collective".
"We did it mom!", he said, earning cheers from the audience. The ceremony will air May 5 on HBO. Hawkes stood in front of the Arp Omni synthesizer he contributed, noting that he played it on the Cars' first four albums and that it still boasted a set list from the tour supporting 1981's Shake It Up album.More news: Red Sox off to Best Start in Franchise History