This HBO TV special celebrates the 25th Anniversary of The Rock and Roll Of Fame". It originally aired on Saturday Nov. 28, 09 from 8:00 PM - 12:10 AM EST. Appropriate for a Thanksgiving weekend. Jerry Lee Lewis opens with "Great Balls Of Fire". Crosby Stills and Nash sing "Woodstock" and join Bonnie Rait for "Love Has No Pride ", Jackson Brown for " The Pretender" and James Taylor for "Love The One Your With". Stevie Wonder performs "For Once In My Life" and " Higher Ground" and joins Sting for " Roxanne" and "Superstition". Smokey Robinson does his classic "Tracks Of My Tears". B. B.King sings "The Thrill Is Gone". Aretha Franklin performs " Baby I Love You" ,"Don't Play That Song" and joins Annie Lennox to sing "Chain Of Fools". Ray Davies and Metallica jam on "All Day And All Night" . Paul Simon sings "You Can Call Me Al", and pays tribute to George Harrison, as he joins Graham Nash and Steven Stills for "Here Comes The Sun". Paul reunites with Art Garfunkerl for "Sound Of Silence...Written by
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert (2009)
**** (out of 4)
This concert was to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and featured a terrific music line up. This concert was originally recorded at Madison Square Garden on October 29th and 30th, 2009. The full version has been released but there's also an edited one that clocks in at 139-minutes and of course is missing a lot of footage.
Metallica, Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, U2, Jeff Beck, Sting, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Smokey Robinson and Mick Jagger are just some of the faces who show up on stage and we're treated to some great musical numbers as well as some fun duets including Springsteen and Billy Joel rocking out to New York State of Mind and Born to Run.
If you're a fan of ROck and Roll music then this here will certainly be a must see. There's no question that one should go for the complete shows if they're able to find it but even the edited version makes for great television. There are some really terrific numbers performed including Simon and Garfunkel teaming up for what will probably be the last time. U2 does a rocking version of Gimme Shelter with Jagger and Metallica obviously rips things up.
Fans of rock music should certainly watch this and enjoy it for the sheer number of great artists that were lined up to take part. Of course, you should also go to the actual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland as it's quite remarkable.
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