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Monday, December 7 at 8 p.m. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Marathon

(Rochester, NY) WXXI-TV is proud to present a Rock and Roll Marathon with five great music shows in three days! Viewers will also have a chance to enter to win a weekend trip to Cleveland in April 2010 to the visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, where Roy Orbison, Leonard Cohen, and Paul Simon are inducted. Transportation, hotel and admission passes included.

The marathon kicks off with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live on Mon., Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11). This special features rare, one-of-a-kind performances from the induction ceremonies of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shot during the last 24 years. The biggest names in rock perform in intimate settings and jam in combinations not seen anywhere else. Paul Shaffer, musical director for the hall’s induction ceremonies, hosts.

The kick-off show is then followed by:

Roy Orbison & Friends - A Black and White Night, airing Mon., Dec. 7 at 9:30 p.m. Filmed in black and white against the streamlined art deco stage of the since-demolished Cocoanut Grove in downtown Los Angeles, this triumphant performance for Roy Orbison is buoyed by a remarkable cast of “A-list” Orbison fans who signed on as his accompanists. Under the direction of T-Bone Burnett, the stage band includes Jackson Browne, Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes, along with the rhythm section from Elvis Presley’s fabled late 60s and early 70s touring band.

Leonard Cohen: Live in London, airing Tues., Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Influential singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen performs at London’s 02 Arena during his 2008 UK tour. The program, recorded live on July 17, 2008, features definitive renditions of classic songs drawn from Cohen’s 40-year repertoire.

Paul Simon - The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, airing Tues., Dec. 9 at 9:30 p.m. Paul Simon, one of America's most respected songwriters and musicians, was the recipient of the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin, the award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world's culture. Taped at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, the all-star gala concert features appearances by Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Dixie Hummingbirds, Jerry Douglas, Art Garfunkel, Alison Krauss, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lyle Lovett, Stephen Marley, James Taylor and Buckwheat Zydeco.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, airing Wed., Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Rain covers the Fab Four from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. The show is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience – a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s light up video screens, and live cameras zoom in for close-ups.

The marathon concludes with an encore presentation of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live, airing Wed., Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.

Pictured: Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

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