CLEVELAND — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame kicked off Induction week with "Celebration Day" Saturday at the museum. It was a day full of live music, movies, food and family fun with free admission to check out the newly remodeled Rock Hall.
The highlight of the day came when 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi surprised everyone by appearing onstage inside the museum to help announce a new scholarship for Cuyahoga Community college. Sambora then played with Notes for Notes, a youth choir based out of the Cleveland Boys and Girls Club.
The day ended with Sambora and his new partner, Australian guitarist Orianthi, performing an already planned free concert on the plaza before a spectacular firework show lit up the Cleveland night.
We caught up with Richie and Orianthi, who perform as RSO, between performances to talk about why it's important to him that kids learn about music, their partnership and Richie's pending reunion with his former Bon Jovi band mates at next weekend's Induction ceremony here in Cleveland.