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)
Fans of rock and roll are certainly going to be in for a treat as this concert, recorded over two days in New York City, has enough legends for five shows. You know you're in for a treat when Jerry Lee Lewis starts off rocking a version of "Great Balls of Fire" and the show closes with Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel doing "Born to Run." In between we get countless acts doing their own songs as well as covers. Artists include Metallica with Ozzy Osbourne, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Simon and Garfunkel, U2, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Jackson Brown, Smokey Robinson, Sting and various others. If you're a fan of rock then I don't see how you could be disappointed here. Yes, there are a few people (Bob Dylan) that should have been included but even those people are still mentioned throughout the show. The greatest thing going here is getting to see the various acts performing together and this here is where all the fun comes from. Seeing John Fogerty and Springsteen take on "Oh, Pretty Woman" was a blast. At over 5-hours with commercials, this here is certainly an epic rock show.
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