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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Greatest Moments

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2004 Prince Tears the Roof off the Waldorf: Prince unleashes a breathtaking guitar solo at the end of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" during the ceremony to induct George Harrison.

2004 Bob Seger Returns: After staying away from the stage to be a full-time dad since 1995, Seger decides to cut a new album and go on tour the next year after having so much fun at the ceremony.

2005 Springsteen Salutes U2's Mighty Sound: Bruce recalls seeing U2 for the first time as he welcomes them to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2007 Hip-Hop Crashes Hall: Rap pioneers Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the first hip-hop act inducted.

2009 Jeff Beck's Big Night: Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page play a medley of "Beck's Bolero" and "Immigrant Song" to cap off the guitarist's entrance to the Rock Hall as a solo artist.

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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