Thursday, July 23, 2009

Springsteen, U2, Metallica To Play Hall Of Fame Concerts

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, U2, Paul Simon, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends, Simon and Garfunkel will join together on October 29th and 30th at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the concerts will go towards creating a permanent endowment for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum.

The two shows will be helmed by Joel Gallen, director and producer behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies and the MTV Movie Awards (1996-2005), and a four-hour program of highlights will be edited for broadcast on HBO in mid-November.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning August 3 at 9:00 a.m., and American Express Cardmembers will have the opportunity to purchase advanced tickets starting July 27.

An all-star creative team -- including Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman, Jann Wenner, singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson and Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Cameron Crowe, among others -- will work with the artists to curate the show through the live performances and filmed segments. The programs will be designed to tell the story of rock and roll by featuring guest stars and unique collaborations. Artists will perform their own songs and the music that inspired them - tracing the history of genres ranging from soul to hard rock.

The museum's anniversary celebration will extend beyond the concerts, with both a book and a deluxe DVD set to be released this fall. Collins Design will publish The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years, chronicling 25 years of induction ceremonies in September. In August, Time Life will issue a nine-DVD boxed set of highlights of the past induction ceremonies, featuring speeches and all-star performances, many that have never before seen by the public.

Here are the October 29th performers:

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Simon & Garfunkel
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends
Paul Simon
Stevie Wonder

Here are the October 30th performers:

Eric Clapton
Aretha Franklin