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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame In Concert Blu-ray Review

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“Rock And Rock Hall Of Fame In Concert” will have its fans.

In Time Life “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In Concert” Blu-ray release, the 2 disc set collects the 29th, 30th, 31st and 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies from 2014-2017. The inductees include Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Nirvana, E Street Band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Deep Purple, Bert Berns, N.W.A., Chicago, Cheap Trick, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, Yes, Journey, and Pearl Jam. Of course, with each induction there’s a whole host of speakers doing them such as Chris Martin, Art Garfunkel, Glenn Frey, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Stipe, Miley Cyrus, Peter Wolf, Fall Out Boy, Patti Smith, Paul McCartney, John Mayer, Lars Ulrich, Steven Van Zandt, Kendrick Lamar, Rob Thomas, Kid Rock, Dhani Harrison, Jackson Browne, Snoop Dogg, Pat Monahan and David Letterman. Finally, there’s a plethora of live music performances by surviving artists and artists performing tributes to the legends that are no longer with us.

Music is subjective. Of this there is no doubt. As such, one’s opinion of the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” will entirely depend on whether or not they like any of the music included on here. Of course, it is also entirely possible to love many of the bands and artists here but question the validity of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in general due to its questionable inductions and or lack thereof of certain inductees, the commercial aspect of the event, and the inclusion of artists that are outside of the rock genre. At this point in time, it really should just be a general music Hall of Fame to not only evolve with the times, but to celebrate masters of all genres of music. It feels like it may be heading in that direction as evidenced by the induction of iconic rap/hip hop artists Tupac and N.W.A.

At any rate, in terms of what is on this disc, there’s a lot to admire. Personally, the speeches and actual inductions don’t interest me. To me, it’s all about the live performances and, in some cases, all-star performances. I won’t go into detail about every single performance, but my personal favorites included “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Dave Grohl, Joan Jett, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic, the rockin’ “Basket Case” by Green Day, the guitar wonderland that is “Texas Flood” with Doyle Bramhall II, gary Clark Jr., John Mayer and Jimmie Vaughan, “Mr. Blue Sky” by the always underrated ELO, a rousing version of Yes’ “Roundabout” with Geddy Lee, and a thrilling performance of “Alive” by Pearl Jam.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? You can’t ask for better transfer. It feels like you are at the ceremony yourself.

Audio Tracks: 5.1 and 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? Obviously, 5.1 is the best way to go as it has the most depth.

The lone extra is a booklet containing a rundown of what’s in each ceremony and what’s on each disc.

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May 21, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , ,

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