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Bon Jovi makes special appearance at Rock Hall ahead of induction ceremony: video, gallery

"It's about f--king time," Jon Bon Jovi said.

CLEVELAND -- Bon Jovi arrived to Cleveland amid a blaze of glory.

The band made a surprise appearance Friday afternoon at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ahead of the weekend's induction ceremony.

Bon Jovi is one of six acts in this year's induction class. They'll join The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe as the class of 2018. The Moody Blues were also in attendance at Friday's event.

Jon Bon Jovi spoke to the crowd, noting the band is thrilled and honored to join rock and roll's elite.

"It's about f--king time," he concluded to a chorus of cheers.

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Three hours prior to the surprise appearance, the band tweeted a tease to fans:

Bon Jovi keyboard player David Bryan joined the Howard Stern Show's broadcast from the Rock Hall Friday morning.

WKYC will provide live updates all weekend from the Rock Hall's events. On Friday, we'll stream live from the red carpet. We'll have live updates on Saturday's induction ceremony and backstage scene on WKYC.com. Watch our Rock Hall special Friday at 7 p.m. on Channel 3.