Peresman thinks the standout bundles turn out to be so good he hopes to use them as the basis for a future sub-program.
“[Once the pandemic is over], the plan was to go back to the format we had [with shorter clip packages, plus an introduction, acceptance speech and performance by each honoree]. The great thing would be if we could create an add-on that could go a little deeper and tell some of these stories about artists. If we can create some additional programs that we can run with our media partner [HBO] Going a little deeper and telling stories about these artists, that would be ideal. “
The original Rock and Roll Hall of Fame presentation was scheduled for May 2 in Cleveland̵7;s Public Hall. “We booked hotels, booked flights, sold tables,” Peresman said.
The show is scheduled to feature a performance by three of this year’s honored artists – Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and The Doobie Brothers – and have other artists perform on behalf of the three who have passed away – Whitney Houston, The Notorious BIG and T. Rex (whose lead singer Marc Bolan died in 1977).
The show was not 100% reserved, but it went well. “There are still some artists that we’re working on to do,” Peresman said.
On March 12, because the COVID-19 pandemic was causing widespread panic in the US, the show was postponed.
The conversation then becomes: “Okay, what can we do to follow safety procedures, maybe keep all crew safe, the artists safe and still be able to do the thing Something that creatively matches what they’re trying to do? “
Peresman and his team were hoping to have live performances on the postponed live, but realized that it was all just impossible. “[In June,] At a time [we had to make the decision]Everyone is attracted. The idea of trying to put something together in one place just logically is quite impossible, extremely expensive and from a safety standpoint, quite difficult to do.
“We had some initial discussion to get some people to feel. At one point we looked at ‘Can we rent a theater in Los Angeles, for example?’ But the logistics trying to do it and clean up the building, get everyone in safe and have to isolate people, logically, doesn’t make any sense. And this was at its peak [of the scare], not now this is not the height, but it was crazy then. Everyone is nervous. People don’t really want to jump on planes and fly around.
“It was devastating for us and them [the honorees] can’t do that [the usual show], ”Peresman, who was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010 as one of the executive producers of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert celebrates 25 yearsnominated for best variety, music, or comedy. “
“Everyone loves that experience. It’s one of the great things about the show. It gives these free people the opportunity to meet in front of their fans, family and contemporaries and say things. “.
That said, Peresman was not a fan of a live performance without an audience. “When I watch so many of these performances on TV and then don’t have an audience, it’s weird. No reaction. Basically, you’re making a music video. “
Peresman agrees that the TV producers did their best during this challenging year – and did well sometimes. He quotes The Rolling Stones’ performance of “You can’t always get what you want” from their own home on A world together at home, The Global Citizen Concert on April 18 and the opening performance of The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” at the MTV Music Video Awards on August 30.
“They are doing really smart things based on what we have to work with. Necessity is the mother of invention and people are really thriving [level]. “
The cancellation of this year’s launch ceremony affected Rock Hall’s finances. “It was our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Peresman. “Honestly, it offers a challenge.”
Although this year’s program doesn’t cover much hotel and travel expenses, it does require more licensing fees. All those classic clips have a price.
The COVID-19 crisis had a permanent impact on the schedule of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Because the program moved to November this year, we as an organization have permanently re-tuned our timing for everything,” says Peresman. “In the near future, the induction ceremony will take place in the fall.
“The way we did it [in the past], the nomination committee met in September, will conduct voting in late October, we have announced the results in December, the introduction ceremony is usually in March or April.
“Now, the nomination process will begin at the end of January. We will announce the nominations in February. It will go to the voters and we will announce the nominees in the spring. – possibly early April. “