HBO has detailed the April 29th debut of the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The show, running from 8-11 pm ET, features ELO, Joan Baez, Yes, Tupac Shakur, Journey and Pearl Jam all getting inducted. The three hour broadcast boasts a star-studded array of guests and presenters, including Pharrell Williams, David Letterman, Snoop Dogg, Lenny Kravitz, Jackson Browne, Alicia Keys, T.I., YG, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Dhani Harrison, Pat Monahan, Indigo Girls, Treach and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Following the special’s debut on the main HBO channel, HBO Zone will present the special for 21 hours straight, beginning at midnight that same day, and concluding Sunday, April 30th at 6 pm.
The special will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
The 32nd annual induction ceremony took place April 7th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The HBO special spotlights some of the most memorable names in music through special reunions, touching tributes and heartfelt speeches from both presenters and inductees.
The show features ELO being inducted by Dhani Harrison and performing “Evil Woman” and “Mr. Blue Sky.” Joan Baez is inducted by Jackson Browne and performs “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” a capella, before being joined by Mary Chapin Carpenter and the Indigo Girls to perform “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
Rush’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson induct Yes before Yes performs “Roundabout” and “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” Snoop Dogg inducts Tupac Shakur before Alicia Keys performs a medley of “Ambitionz Az A Rida,” “I Get Around,” “I Ain’t Mad At Cha,” “Dear Mama,” and “Changes,” Snoop Dogg and YG performing “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” Treach performing “Hail Mary” and T.I. performing “Keep Ya Head Up.”
Pharrell Williams inducts Nile Rodgers. Journey is inducted by Pat Monhan of Train before the band performs — sans former frontman Steve Perry — “Lights” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Comedian David Letterman inducts Pearl Jam before the grunge rockers perform“Alive,” “Given To Fly,” and “Better Man.” The group wraps the show with an all-star performance of “Rockin’ in the Free World” joined by other performers and inductees of the night.
The ceremony opens with “Roll Over Beethoven,” an electrifying tribute to Chuck Berry performed by ELO. Prince is remembered in a performance of “When Doves Cry” and “The Cross” by Lenny Kravitz and Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir.
This year’s special marks the sixth year HBO has presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The network also presented the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th and 30th anniversaries in 2009 and 2014, and a concert spectacular celebrating the opening of the museum in Cleveland in 1995.
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