Epic Moments at the Rock Hall 25th Anniversary Concert

October 29th, 2009 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »

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The first of two massive Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary shows at Madison Square Garden isn’t even over yet, and the monumental moments just keep coming on the stage of the storied New York venue. [Update] After six hours — that’s right, six hours — Bruce Springsteen brought the show to an end with a soul throwdown on “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.” Check back tomorrow for our full reports, but here’s a taste of the action (follow along in our Rock Hall Concerts photo gallery):

• Jerry Lee Lewis reminds the crowd of rock & roll’s ’50s roots by settling in at a white baby grand for “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”

• Crosby, Stills and Nash add another layer of perfect harmony when James Taylor joins in on “Love the One You’re With.” The capper: one of many awe-inspiring guitar solos by Stephen Stills.

• Bonnie Raitt joins CSN for her own “Love Has No Pride,” and later tells the press, “To go back in my catalog and do something I rarely do live was angelic for me.”

• CSN break into “Midnight Rider” by the Allman Brothers on the anniversary of Duane Allman’s death. It’s a poignant moment, followed by another: Jackson Browne hits the stage to perform “The Pretender.”

• Paul Simon invites David Crosby and Graham Nash back onstage for very special reason: to honor “a dear friend of mine” who “was the first person to ever have a benefit concert here at Madison Square Garden — it’s called the Concert for Bangladesh — and it’s a man who I really loved and admired greatly, George Harrison.” The song: “Here Comes the Sun.”

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