Seeing some of the greats in their career’s infancy puts in perspective their years of hard work. It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll. TheBandstand video experience made me smile hard. Jonathan Demme directs the signature multi-media presentation, The Power of Rock Experience in a theater with stadium style seating. A twelve-minute compilation of iconic concert footage from greats like Stevie Wonder, Metallica and Joan Jett leaves you feeling inspired with Prince’s rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Following that experience guests are invited to step into another kiosk and interact with a video of either Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper or Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. In that isolated environment guests can select from a number of questions about the individual, their inspirations and their music and the video that plays in response is of the artist answering the questions. It gives a one-on-one interview feel that visitors can then share on social media.
Guests can see the actual article of clothing featured in the videos from Kid Rock’s bro shirt worn in Ba Wit Da Ba, Cindy Lauper’s red gypsy dress from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, a green shirt and tie seen in Outkast’s Hey-Ya, and Bob Marley’s iconic red, gold and green tam worn in Is this Love. Disabled accessibility is on-point. Ramps and elevators are everywhere and there is plenty of space for scooters to navigate the sole exception being the gift shop where aisles are tight. Restrooms are spacious and well maintained. Visitors with sensory issues may find the barrage of music everywhere to be overstimulating although there is an effort made through creative sound design to try to keep the different sound zones separated. At the conclusion of the visit, guests are invited to nominate a favorite artist or group for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We took the time to nominate family favorite, Steel Pulse and wish them the best of luck in their quest to be inducted.Online ticketing is available although we purchased in person on the day of our visit. General admission is $26 and there are various discounts available for groups, first responders and veterans, senior citizens and youth. Parking though is problematic as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame does not have a guest parking lot. Meters are limited in number and operate by coin only no credit cards and they max out at 3 hours. Three hours may be sufficient time to view the museum and gift shop but not if you want to immerse yourself in the various kiosk multimedia experiences. A parking structure adjacent to the nearby science museum is recommended. Should you find yourself in Cleveland, it’s a great way to spend half a day.