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The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts

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Product Description

-The complete HBO special, hosted by Tom Hanks.
-51 complete performances.
-Plus 16 bonus performances.
-Over 5 hours of rock 'n' roll history.
-Includes collector's issue of Rolling Stone magazine with behind-the-scenes stories of the concerts.
-Three time Emmy-winner.

On October 29th and 30th, 2009, rock 'n' roll royalty held court at Madison Square Garden for what have been called 'the best concerts ever,' and 'where rock 'n' roll history was made.'
The concerts featured a who's who of rock 'n' roll from the '50s to the '90s and included artists performing together in unprecedented combinations that will most likely never be witnessed again.
'The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Anniversary Concerts' included sets by Crosby, Stills & Nash; Stevie Wonder; Paul Simon; Simon & Garfunkel; Aretha Franklin; Metallica; U2; Jeff Beck and Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band. Joining this iconic line up on stage were special guests including: Jerry Lee Lewis, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Lou Reed, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger, Fergie and others.
A 4-hour special of the concerts aired on HBO to high ratings, and was seen by tens of millions. Now this historic event is available on DVD.

Highlights include:
-Mick Jagger and Fergie in a blistering version of the Stones' classic 'Gimme Shelter,' with U2 as the backing band.
-Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel on-stage for a rollicking rendition of 'Born to Run.'
-Sting joins Jeff Beck for the Curtis Mayfeld classic 'People Get Ready.'
-Paul Simon, David Crosby and Graham Nash join together for a spine-tingling 'Here Comes the Sun.'
-Ozzy Osbourne sings with Metallica on the Black Sabbath classics 'Iron Man' and 'Paranoid.'
-John Fogerty & Bruce Springsteen share vocals on Roy Orbison's 'Oh, Pretty Woman.'

Review

'The big mother of all rock concerts...
the all-star jam of a fan's dreams...
spectacular.' --Philadelphia Inquirer

'5 STARS. Jaw-dropping.' --Rolling Stone

Special Features

  • Bonus disc of extra performances, including songs from Crosby, Stills, and Nash, four more Stevie Wonder songs, full versions of "Iron Man," "Paranoid," and "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher," the Simon and Garfunkel classic "Mrs. Robinson," U2 sharing the stage with the Black Eyed Peas, two more Jeff Beck jams, and "London Calling" as interpreted by Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello.
  • A collector's edition booklet that reproduces the 26-page article about the Hall of Fame Concerts that first appeared in the Nov. 26, 2009 issue of Rolling Stone

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Billy Joel, Paul Simon
    • 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: September 28, 2010
    • Run Time: 330 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B003VRV9FY
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

    Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    By Sky VINE VOICE on August 30, 2010
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    I still have The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concert on my DVR from when it originally aired on HBO at the end of 2009, and I still often find myself viewing many of the standout performances pretty regularly to this day. I have vowed not to erase it until it is released on Blu Ray and DVD, and finally owning this will be a welcome treat!

    If you're wondering where the Blu Ray version is of the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts and you're reading this prior to November 2, 2010, the DVD is available at Amazon on September 28th, 2010, and the Blu Ray version of the package is available only at Best Buy for the first 30 days. Man, I hate that. But I've waited now for a year for this release, so waiting an extra 30 days is no sweat I guess. Anyway....

    If you were at The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts or you saw it when it aired on HBO you already know how awesome these performances were that occurred over the course of two nights in late October 2009. If you haven't seen this and you like music, even just a little, you're in for a great experience. This collection is worth its weight in gold.

    The great news is that the DVD and Blu Ray releases include a ton of bonus stuff that wasn't aired on HBO, so it'll be great fun again for me to give this entire release a fresh look.

    According to Time Life, following is what's going to be on the release, and I've marked the standout performances with this mark: ***** Rest assured that almost every performance stands out; it's all a matter of musical preference.
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    I was at these concerts too and saw the special on HBO and the performances are awesome. Seeing U2, Mick Jagger and Fergie do the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" is worth the price of admission alone. But you also get tons of other great performances: Sting with Stevie Wonder; Jeff Beck with Buddy Guy and Billy Gibbons (the ZZ Top guy); Simon & Garfunkel doing all their biggest hits; Lou Reed and Ray Davies playing with Metallica; John Fogerty and Billy Joel playing with Springsteen; etc. etc. And it looks like there's a bunch of bonus songs that we didn't see on HBO. I definitely recommend this.
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    I still have The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Concert on my DVR from when it originally aired on HBO at the end of 2009, and I still often find myself viewing many of the standout performances pretty regularly to this day. I have vowed not to erase it until it is released on Blu Ray and DVD, and finally owning this will be a welcome treat!

    If you're wondering why the Blu Ray version of the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert is available at Amazon 30 days after the DVD release date, it's because the Blu Ray version of the package is available only at Best Buy for the first 30 days. Man, I hate that. But I've waited now for a year for this release, so waiting an extra 30 days is no sweat I guess. Anyway....

    If you were at The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts or you saw it when it aired on HBO you already know how awesome these performances were that occurred over the course of two nights in late October 2009. If you haven't seen this and you like music, even just a little, you're in for a great experience. This collection is worth its weight in gold.

    The great news is that the DVD and Blu Ray releases include a ton of bonus stuff that wasn't aired on HBO, so it'll be great fun again for me to give this entire release a fresh look.

    According to Time Life, following is what's going to be on the release, and I've marked the standout performances with this mark: ***** Rest assured that almost every performance stands out; it's all a matter of musical preference.
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    In this day and age it is unacceptable to find DVDs with Audio Video Synchronization problems.

    This DVD is full of great performances, the audio and video are top notch, and it is a must buy, however, it is a shame that Disc 3 with the "bonus performances", is marred with audio video synching problems.

    As stated by another reviewer, the producers should have moved all the material cut from the HBO special (the bonus performances) into the regular concert as it was performed during October 29th and 30th, 2009, for a better viewing experience. And in the process, they would have been forced to fix the audio video sync.

    Hope future editions are fixed as this is truly a gem.
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    I had this on my DVR for some time, but had to give it up to free up space. Sure hated to do it, but was praying for a DVD release. It's finally here!

    If you have not seen this show do yourself a huge favor and get this set. The concert was one of the most amazingly entertaining I've ever seen. Everyone playing seemed to be fired up and playing at their emotional best. Staggering performances! This will be the best $30 I've spent in a long time.
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