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Rock Hall induction ceremony starts run on HBO

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony has become a bit less exclusive in recent years; the last three, in fact, were open to the public in Cleveland, Los Angele and Brooklyn.

But for the vast majority of music fans it's still an Internet and social media event -- at least until it airs on current broadcast partner HBO, which debuts the "2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, with subsequent showings throughout June.

The three-hour and 15-minute special is a crisp, if truncated, representation of the 29th ceremony that took place April 10 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, honoring a class that included Nirvana and long-overlooked inductees Kiss and Daryl Hall & John Oates. Edits, of course, were necessary -- the ceremony ran more than five hours and the E Street Band segment alone stretched over an hour -- but HBO hits plenty of highlights and well captures the night's spirit of celebrate and semi-reverence amidst heartfelt speeches and killer performances.

Top among the latter are: the surviving members of Nirvana's four songs, each fronted by a different female singer (Joan Jett, Sonic Youth`s Kim Gordon, Lorde and St. Vincent); the E Street Band's fiery charges through "The E Street Shuffle" and "Kitty's Back;" Peter Gabriel's soaring "In Your Eyes" with Youssou N'Dour and rich rendition "Washing of the Water" with Coldplay frontman and Gabriel inductor; Chris Martin; Cat Stevens' choir-assisted rendition of "Peace Train;" and the four-song tribute to Linda Ronstadt by Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris and the Eagles' Glenn Frey, who delivered Ronstadt's induction speech.

The broadcast also captures the night's bummer, that Kiss chose not to perform. But Tom Morello's fire-and-brimstone induction speech and the four original members' gracious acceptances nearly makes up for the lack of real fire and everything Kiss brings to the party.

For information on addition showtimes visit www.hbo.com.

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