The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is an amazing place, and the kind of place that calls out strongly to most fans of rock and roll, its offshoots and its predecessors. An especially exciting time of year for fans and the folks at the hall is when the annual induction ceremonies take place and a new group of performers have their careers honored. The ceremonies, which take place in varying venues in different cities, are always star-studded affairs featuring performances by most of the inductees, and generally speaking, if you’re not lucky enough to be at the ceremony you will never see those performances. That situation is about to be remedied by TIME LIFE with “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame In Concert: Encore,” a new film featuring highlights from the 2010-2013 induction ceremonies that’s set to drop on Sept. 21.
Available on Blu-ray as a two-disc set and on DVD as a four-disc set, “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame In Concert: Encore” presents performances and induction speeches by dozens of big name stars, including some who are no longer with us like Tom Petty, Leon Russell, Ian McLagan, Robin Gibb and Chris Cornell. The film has a total running time of 481 minutes and all footage is previously unreleased. There’s not a dull moment in the program, but here we single out some of the set’s most inspiring segments.
2010 – Filmed at the Waldorf Astoria, NYC
Legendary acts like Genesis, Abba, the Stooges and the Hollies were among the year’s inductees, and standout performances include Phish honoring Genesis by playing their “Watcher of the Skies” while Genesis members Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford watch from the audience. The always-shirtless Iggy Pop plays “Search and Destroy” and “I Wanna Be Your Dog” with the Stooges and with Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong joining in on the latter. The Hollies play three numbers with original member Graham Nash, and Barry and Robin Gibb induct Abba.
2011 – Filmed at the Waldorf Astoria, NYC
The eclectic group of inductees in 2011 included Dr. John, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love, Leon Russell and Tom Waits. Elton John gives the induction speech for Russell, and Leon performs “Delta Lady” and “A Song for You” with John Mayer. Waits gives quirky performances of “Make it Rain,” “Rain Dogs” and “House Where Nobody Lives,” and Dr. John brings the juju with “Such a Night” and the big hit “Right Place Wrong Time.” Cooper is at his rock and roll best with hot takes on “Under My Wheels,” “Eighteen” and, complete with a school choir in Alice-style make-up and guest Rob Zombie, all-time favorite “School’s Out.” Bette Midler inducts Love and the pair later perform the classic “He’s a Rebel.”
2012 – Filmed at Public Hall, Cleveland
Hippyhitmakerr Donovan, the late bluesman Freddie King, the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faces/Small Faces were inducted in 2012. ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill explain how King influenced their music as they induct the highly influential guitarist, and Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks join the pair to perform “Hide Away” and the oft-covered “Going Down.” Donovan is at his flower power best with “Catch the Wind,” “Sunshine Superman” and “Season of the Witch” where he’s joined by John Mellencamp. Mick Hucknall of Simply Red fame handles vocals on Faces songs “Ooh La La” and “Stay with Me;” the band includes various former members including Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones. Having recently lost group member MCA (Adam Yauch), the Beastie Boys induction by Chuck D and LL Cool J was a poignant moment; the remaining members performed a Beasties medley with help from the Roots, Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and Kid Rock. After performing three of their own songs, the Red Hot Chili Peppers rock Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” with Slash, Wood, Billie Joe Armstrong and others.
2013 – Filmed at the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles
With the year’s ceremony taking place in Los Angeles at what is now the Microsoft Theater, it’s only fitting that the program open with a performance of “I Love L.A.” by inductee Randy Newman, who’s joined by Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and John Fogerty. The late blues man Albert King is inducted by John Mayer, and Gary Clark, Jr. performs King-associated songs “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “Born under a Bad Sign” where he’s joined by Booker T. Jones and Mayer. Heart is inducted by Chris Cornell and he also joins the group for a rowdy take on the big hit “Barracuda” where Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and Mike McCreedy of Pearl Jam aid in the rocking. Oprah Winfrey inducts Quincy Jones, Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte induct Public Enemy, and the year’s program comes to an amazing close with the induction of classic rock band Rush. After the trio of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart make their acceptance speech, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins along with producer Nick Raskulinecz perform Rush’s “2112 Overture,” giving Rush themselves the perfect intro to take over and play “Tom Sawyer” and “The Spirit of Radio.”