The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts
On October 29th and 30th, 2009, rock ‘n’ roll royalty held court at Madison Square Garden for what have been called ‘the best concerts ever.’ These concerts featured a who’s who of rock ‘n’ roll from the ’50s to the ’90s including artists performing together in collaborations that will most likely never be seen or heard again.
These concerts included sets by Crosby, Stills & Nash; Stevie Wonder; Paul Simon; Simon & Garfunkel; Aretha Franklin; Metallica; U2; Jeff Beck and Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band along with special guests Jerry Lee Lewis, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Smokey Robinson, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Lou Reed, John Fogerty, Mick Jagger, Fergie and others.
Giant groups like U2 were happy to be playing backing band for the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger whilst also having their turn in the limelight and some amazing combinations such as the Where Is the Love/One mash up with the Black Eyed Peas.
In all honesty, I really got this DVD just for the U2 portions, but have ended up watching all three disks many times. Bands that I never though I’d want to listen to – such as Metallica – I really enjoyed and even went as far as to go out and buy a recent Metallica CD.
The unique combinations of bands, special guest and once in a life time collaborations make this DVD set a unique and memorable event, one that any music lover would be proud to own.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read