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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert: Encore, The
Inherently most ANY building that labels itself as a Hall of Fame bears the burden of subjectivity. Baseball's Hall of Fame lacks names like Dick Allen and Steve Garvey, Basketball's misses Chris Webber and Buck Williams, Football's lacks Randall Cunningham and Herman Moore. And Ohio's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn't have Janet Jackson, Radiohead and LL Cool J among others. The induction ceremonies for the latter seem to be the most fun, with a famous musician/fan to handle the induction speech before the musician/group comes in to accept, and the honorees join Paul Shaffer and his house band for a concert spanning hours and going into the wee hours, as rock and roll should if we're being honest.
The ceremonies from previous years are gradually being compiled into a multivolume set of Blu-ray discs, and this release covers the 2010-2013 years. And for better or worse the group is respectable:
2010: Phish (and Trey Anastasio) inducts Genesis and performs "Watcher of the Skies," Green Day's Billie Joe inducts the Stooges and joins on "I Wanna Be Your Dog" while the band proper plays "Search and Destroy," Steven Van Zandt inducts The Hollies with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash fronting "Bus Stop," "Carrie-Anne" and "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)," Jann Wenner presents Paul Shaffer, and the Gibb brothers induct Abba while Faith Hill(?!?) and Benny Anderssoon do "The Winner Takes It All."
2011: Jon Legend inducts Dr. John, who sings "Right Place Wrong Time" and "Such a Night," Bette Midler inducts Darlene Love, who sings "Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah" and "The Boy I'm Gonna Marry" and joins Midler for "He's a Rebel," "Rob Zombie inducts Alice Cooper, who plays "Eighteen," "Under My Wheels" and brings Zombie back for "School's Out," Neil Young inducts Tom Waits, who does "Make It Rain," "Rain Dogs" and "House Where Nobody Lives," Elton John inducts Leon Russell who performs "Delta Lady" and "Song For You."
2012: ZZ Top's Bill Gibbons and Dusty Hill induct Freddie King and cover "Hide Away" and "Going Down," John Mellencamp inducts Donovan, who sings "Catch the Wind", "Sunshine Superman" and "Season of the Witch" with Mellencamp, Steven Van Zandt (again) inducts the Small Faces and Faces, and Kennedy Jones, Ian McLagan and Ron Wood front versions of "Ooh La La" and "Stay With Me," Chuck D and LL Cool J induct the Beastie Boys and The Roots, Black Thought and others cover "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," "So What ‘Cha Want'" and "Sabotage," Chris Rock inducts the Red Hot Chili Peppers who perform "By the Way," "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" and "Higher Ground."
2013: Don Henley inducts Randy Newman, who does "I Love L.A." and duets with Henley for "I'm Dead (But I Don't Know It)," John Mayer inducts Albert King, and Gary Clark Jr. covers "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "Born Under a Bad Sign," Chris Cornell inducts Heart and Jerry Cantrell, Cornell and Mike McCready redo "Crazy on You" and "Barracuda," Ahmet Ertegun inducts Quincy Jones, Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte induct Public Enemy, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins induct Rush, who do "2112: Overture," "Tom Sawyer and "Spirit of Radio" with Grohl and Hawkins.
The ceremonies are pretty good for the most part, and when it comes to the "veteran" category, prove to be a little more poignant than you'd expect. Regardless of what you think about who may or may not be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ceremonies are a fine celebration of contemporary music and of those who helped contribute to the foundation we have now.The Blu-rays:
All of the ceremonies are presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and look similar to what was originally aired by HBO back in the day. Some of the backlighting of LED boards results in some image noise and effects issues, but nothing that's a deterrent from viewing. Colors and flesh tones are fine without saturation issues and there are some moments of pixilation in the black levels, but everything looks good on the whole.The Sound:
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround which you'd expect for this type of material, and it certainly delivers year with robust low-end and balanced fidelity for these musical greats. Speeches are clear as a bell and the songs possess an ample range through most of the performances. You come into watching something like this expecting it to sound good and sure enough, it does.The Extras:
Barren of supplements, friends.Final Thoughts:
If you're the person who has been collecting these sets as they come out (this is Volume 2 in an ongoing series), then you'll find little qualm about how the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies look (good) and sound (great); the way these are handled are a credit to those who put the celebrations together. And if you're unfamiliar with how the RnRHoF does things, this is a nice starter into what they do and it spans a superb number of artists and genres that any ceremony is going to be a nice place to start.