The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is mining performances from induction ceremonies between 2010-2017 for release in a variety of formats in April.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert will be available April 24 as four DVDs and two Blu-rays featuring 53 live performances from the ceremonies, including: Nirvana’s 2014 performance with Lorde, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and Annie Clark singing in place of the late Kurt Cobain; Ringo Starr and an all-star cast of friends, including Beatles mate Paul McCartney; Pearl Jam; Journey; Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band; Cat Stevens; Chicago; the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Green Day; Cheap Trick; Deep Purple; Joan Jett & the Blackhearts; Yes; Rush; and more. The video sets will also feature induction and acceptance speeches from the ceremonies.
Five digital Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame: In Concert digital albums, each covering two ceremonies, come out the same day, with bonus performances by Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, Heart, the Hollies, Darlene Love, Leon Russell, the Stooges, Tom Waits, the Small Faces/Faces, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.
Included in the sets will be the ceremony-ending jams that bring multiple nominees and presenters together to finish the show. Cheap Trick hosted theirs in 2016, which guitarist Rick Nielsen tells Billboard was “just a great time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame basically told us what to play and how to play and when to play and all that stuff, and it worked out fine. I think they looked at the roster of who was getting inducted and knew we’d go out there and play like any other show. I think they saw that Cheap Trick’s an energy, a fun band to be around. And also we were the band that had the least conflict of any band going in that year (which included Chicago and Deep Purple), so we were the right guys to close the night.”
Glenn Hughes, who was inducted that year as part of Deep Purple but did not play with the band, wound up singing Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That A Shame” with Cheap Trick along with his Purple bandmate David Coverdale. “It was just a great thing to be able to do something on stage that night,” he recalls. “Obviously it would have been great to play with Purple but that wasn’t what they wanted to do, but Cheap Trick were gentlemen and invited us to be with them and it was a fabulous time — just kind of off-the-cuff and maybe even more fun than something more formal with the band would have been.”
This year’s Rock Hall induction takes place April 14 in Cleveland, honoring Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. It will be, as usual, filmed by HBO for subsequent broadcast.