Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Sweet Emotion

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For the last 25 years, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has honored the music’s most influential figures at black-tie induction ceremonies where performers and audience alike let down their hair and rejuvenate themselves through exciting, once-in-a-lifetime performances. Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Live captures all the excitement, from the wise and witty speeches, to the most incredible combinations of talent ever assembled on a single stage. Think you’ve seen and hea… More >>

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Sweet Emotion

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  1. In November, 2009 Time Life issued a 9 DVD collection of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Live moments, which you can also obtain as 9 seperate DVDs. I haven’t had a chance to see them all, but I did pick up this particular set.

    “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Live: Sweet Emotion” (105 min.) brings a number of interesting moments from the rich legacy of the induction ceremonies over the years. The best on here include Jackson Browne and Melissa Etheridge’s cover of “Wake Up Little Susie” (which starts off this DVD). It is followed by the 1989 acceptance speech from the Rolling Stones (Mick and Keith doing the talking), and the subsequent all-star jam of “Honky Tonk Woman”, and all I could think was “all of them look so young” (given that this was 20 years ago). Same with the 1997 induction of Crosby Stills & Nash (performing a great “Wooden Ships”), and even with the 2001 induction of Aerosmith, which is only 9 years ago, but Steven Tyler and the guys look so much better then than these days (don’t care too much for the “Sweet Emotion” performance with Kid Rock, though). But the best on here comes towards the end: Bono’s 1999 speech inducing Bruce Street & the E Street Band (followed by a fabulous “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” performance by the band), which is followed by Bruce Springsteen’s 2005 speech inducing U2. The last performance on the DVD is the 1992 all-star jam of “All Along the Watchtower” (for the induction of the Jimi Hendix Experience) and again I couldn’t help but stare and think how young so many of the performers look to me now (this being 18 years ago now).

    The DVD comes with some bonus materials, including 6 more induction speeches (including the 1988 speech of Mick Jagger for the Beatles and the 2000 speech of Paul McCartney for James Taylor), and an interesting 1997 rehearsal by James Taylor and a 2009 rehearsal by Metalicca. In all, quite a nice collection and I can’t wait to check out more volumes from this series.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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