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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live

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This 3 DVD set features rare, one-of-a-kind performances from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, filmed over the past 24 years. The biggest names in rock 'n' roll perform in intimate settings, jamming in combinations not seen anywhere else. Plus, the DVDs feature exclusive, anything-goes induction speeches by rock royalty, along with rare behind-the-scenes footage.

For nearly a quarter century, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has honored music's most influential figures at prestigious black-tie events where performers and audience alike let down their hair. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live captures all the excitement of those ceremonies, from the wise and witty speeches, to the most incredible combinations of talent ever assembled on a single stage.


New DVD set features jams, speeches, and once-in-a-lifetime pairings at Rock hall induction ceremonies.

Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger perform at the 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen are singing together. Sharing a mic, they stand so close together they can probably feel each other s breath.

Ringo Starr is on drums, and Billy Joel is on piano; both had already sung a verse of the song, the early Beatles hit I Saw Her Standing There.
The army of guitarists includes George Harrison, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Jeff Beck, Les Paul and Dave Edmunds.

Various Beach Boys, Drifters, Supremes and E Street Band members help fill the crowded stage, adding backing vocals and layers of instrumentation. Legendary concert promoter Bill Graham serves as the stage manager, trying to keep order as best he can.

About 700 people mostly musicians and music-industry executives witnessed the scene, in person, when it happened in 1988 at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. But it, and many other remarkable jams, can been seen on a new DVD boxed set, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live.
Eddie Vedder fills in admirably for the late Jim Morrison when the surviving Doors perform, in 1993. Springsteen and Robbie Robertson help Fogerty re-create the swampy tension of the Creedence Clearwater Revival sound, in the same year. Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters partner Taylor Hawkins join members of Queen for a frantic Tie Your Mother Down in 2001.

Prince adds a scintillating guitar solo to a cover of Harrison s While My Guitar Gently Weeps (also featuring Tom Petty and Steve Winwood) in 2004, when Harrison was inducted posthumously as a solo artist.

And then there are the induction speeches. Bono on Springsteen ("If John Steinbeck could sing, if Van Morrison could ride a Harley-Davidson .?.?."). Springsteen on U2 ("The last band of whom I would be able to name all of its members"). Young on Hendrix, Petty on Buffalo Springfield, Kid Rock on Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton on the Band, James Taylor on Crosby, Stills and Nash ... all reflect, with disarming sincerity, on how the music and the musicians inspired them.

There are some great moments in the acceptance speeches as well. Ray Charles jokes around with Quincy Jones.

"It seems to me that rock n roll should never be respectable," says Clapton, being inducted as a member of Cream in 1993 (he was already in the hall as a member of the Yardbirds, and would later be inducted as a solo artist as well). Yet he was persuaded to come and, as a result, got to perform with his Cream bandmates Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker for the first time in 25 years.
Jagger expresses similar misgivings upon being inducted with the Rolling Stones in 1989.
"It s slightly ironic," he says, "that tonight you see us on our best behavior. But we re being rewarded for 25 years of bad behavior." --Jay Lustig/The Star-Ledger

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  • Actors: Various Artists
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 530 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HWUU3G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,931 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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151 of 153 people found the following review helpful By M. Shiner on November 5, 2009
Format: DVD
While Time Life is selling a 9 disc set, this 3 disc package gives you the best bang for your buck. Over 40 performances of once in a lifetime combinations of classic rock and roll artists.Read more ›
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Boy Howdy on November 19, 2009
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The bottom line is that this 3-disc set is Rock and Roll Heaven for true fans of the form.

Too many magic moments and balls-to-the-wall performances to mention them all, but suffice to say that there are no duds here. Off the top of my head, some major hi-lites include Santana's epic "Black Magic Woman," Metallica's thundering "Master of Puppets," U2 and Springsteen's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," The Doors and Eddie Vedder's mind-blowing "Light My Fire," Prince's over-the-top guitar solo during "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and... Well, it goes on and on.

Also, let's not forget the many memorable speeches, which range from the poignant (Paul McCartney's "letter" to John Lennon), to the brilliant (Bono's tribute to The Boss, and vice-a-versa), to the hilarious (Pete Townshend roasting the Rolling Stones), to the absurd (Mike Love's scathing crack-up).

So ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME LIVE gets 5 stars for its content, but if I were grading this collection by what it lacks? Well that would be a different story.

For instance:

No Pink Floyd. Wow. Although their induction and performance of Wish You Were Here, with Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan, can be found on the band's fantastic PULSE dvd.

No Led Zeppelin. And even though Page does unleash a fierce solo during a group version of All Along the Watchtower, this is still an unforgivable omission.

No Bob Dylan, except for a completely lame cameo.

No David Bowie. Was he even inducted? Yeesh...

No Police.

No Talking Heads.

You get the picture.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By art 87 VINE VOICE on November 16, 2009
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this could have been great & definitive. i havent played all 9 dvds yet, but am frustrated how years & artists are thrown across multiple discs. like the Beatles performance is on disc 1 & Mick Jagger's induction speech for them is on disc 2. another example, U2s acceptance is on disc 3, but their induction is on disc 2.

& the glaring omission of Led Zeppelin.

& no respect for the Bee Gees. they get severely cut for no good reason. u get 45 secs of Massachusetts & 90 secs of You Should Be Dancing. theyre good enough to be inducted so they should be good enough to be uncut.

there's definitely some bias here. the Pretenders survive the cuts & scattering here the best with their induction, acceptance & 3 songs intact & in order. thats the way the other inductees should have treated here.

but this is what's available to us, so we have no other choice.

so 5 stars for the material minus 2 stars for very poor editing.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Arizona Dan on November 25, 2010
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If they had SIMPLY put each year's award show on a DVD of its own and sold it as a boxed set (which is what I THOUGHT I was buying from producers Time/Life), it would have been great. What they did was take a decade's worth of footage and randomly chop it up into a completely disorganized mess. They provide NO index to the material..they don't even NUMBER each DVD so it's impossible to find anything you like. Whoever edited and designed this was a tasteless IDIOT.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan C. Collins on December 3, 2009
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Sloppy, indulgent, and sure not to please everybody, this is the face
of rock and roll in probably the most candid and spontaneous way
most of us are going to see. Most of the good stuff is on the first 3
discs that make up the mass market version, but, this is what you miss: the Dave Clark 5 tribute "Glad All Over" with Joan Jett, John Mellencamp,
John Fogerty and Billy Joel. Ruth Brown with Bonnie Raitt. You have to
be old like me to know Ruth Brown but she was in great voice and
out sung many younger singers in this collection. The Staple Singers with all of its members. Pops Staples so old just glad to be there. "Who'll Stop The Rain" John Fogerty. The Pretenders three song set with Neil Young playing lead on "My City Was Gone." The last disc is the live stadium concert which was surprisingly good but way too short at 52
minutes. Biggest surprise (other than Ruth Brown) was Bon Jovi and
Eric Burdon doing "It's My Life/We Gotta Get Out Of This Place." Burdon looked and sang great. Coolest guitars: Jack Bruce's fretless bass and Chrissie Hynde's metallic Telecaster. Like I said, the best stuff is on the first 3 discs. Crosby, Stills & Nash were the best I've seen in years. Pete Townshed's induction of the Rolling Stones is hilarious.
Biggest complaint: They cut out the funniest moments from Springsteen's induction of U2, which I saw live and was the best speech ever if you got to hear the whole thing. The 9 disc set is for collectors and worth a hundred bucks, but no more than that. Best Buy has an exclusive 4 disc set which is just the first three plus the stadium concert disc, which is the best deal money wise. I am happy with the 9 disc set and will not go on about all the people left out. The Hall Of Fame is a brand and will be around for
some time. More releases are sure to follow.
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why no Led Zeppelin?
I can honestly say it wasn't for lack of effort on the part of the people making the DVDs to get LZ into the program that they weren't included. Fans should understand that permissions from all of the artists needs to happen before the performances can be included. What is amazing is that so many... Read More
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This one is a 3 disc edition of it. If you look on the page, it says it.
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this is available now on time-life's site !!!!!!
It is backordered on Timelife's website, but it is in stock and CHEAPER in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame online store.
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