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DVD Review: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live



The Deal: Nine-DVD set includes 125 Hall of Fame induction ceremony performances along with 52 induction speeches and numerous acceptance speeches to celebrate the Hall's 25th anniversary.

The Good: Where do you start? There are some truly amazing live performances and moments on the collection. Melissa Etheridge pays tribute to Janis Joplin in 1995 with an acoustic rendition of "Piece of My Heart." Black Sabbath accepts their induction, which is followed by Metallica shredding through a cover of "Iron Man" from 2006. A mohawked Eddie Vedder inducts The Ramones in 2002. After Paul McCartney inducted John Lennon in 1994, Bruce Springsteen teamed up with Axl Rose for a unique performance of "Come Together." The Doors were joined by Vedder in 1993 for performances of "Roadhouse Blues" and "Break on Through." Steven Tyler inducts AC/DC in 2003, and The Grateful Dead are inducted in 1994. There is also bonus rehearsal footage on the discs, as well as backstage footage. Prince inducts Parliament-Funkadelic in 1997 before the band, with a wildly white-haired George Clinton, funks it up with "Tear the Roof Off." Billy Joel performs "What'd I Say" along with Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Bonnie Raitt. Johnny Cash is inducted in 1992 and performs "Big River." Buddy Guy tears up "Let Me Love You Baby" with help from Eric Clapton and B.B. King. Another guitar lover's dream happens when Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Flea and Metallica team up for 2009's "The Train Kept A-Rollin'." Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry team up for "Roll Over Beethoven" in 1986. Joan Jett, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty and Billy Joel team up for a tribute to the Dave Clark Five. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham duet on "Landslide." While Vedder also teams up with R.E.M., Springsteen also finds time to team up with Mick Jagger, Roy Orbison and U2. The ninth DVD, The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is from the September 1995 concert when the Hall opened its doors and includes performances by Al Green, James Brown, Lou Reed, Aretha Franklin, Ann and Nancy Wilson and others. The list goes on and on ...

The Bad: I'm not sure how they're organized. I wish they were done by year instead of by "theme" – "Come Together," "Message of Love," etc. For example, The Doors, The Who and Cream (among others) performances are split on different discs. Metallica inducts Black Sabbath – part of it is on one disc, the entire speech is on another disc.

The Verdict: A fantastic collection of live performances that are "kicked up" a bit from the usual live concerts by the individual bands in many instances. The set is also being released as a 3-DVD set on Nov. 3 which will include 44 performances. Definitely a must-have for all kinds of music fans.

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