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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame’s 25th Birthday Party

01:01 PM Wednesday 7/22/09 | |

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is now old enough to rent a car. To celebrate its 25 anniversary, the Hall is living it up with two nights of concerts Oct. 29 and 30 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, featuring performances from past inductees such as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, U2 and Metallica.

The shows will include genres from soul to hard rock with artists showing off their own tunes as well as the music that has inspired them.

The Oct. 29 show is set to include performances from artists including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

The next night will feature Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Metallica and U2.

  • Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon

    Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon in 2007. The duo's shows together in Australia and New Zealand will be their first in 25 years.

    (AP Photo)


Proceeds from the shows will be used to fund a permanent endowment for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum.

"Twenty-five years ago a group led by legendary Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun created this foundation to recognize and celebrate the music and careers of artists whose music helped shape and define our generation," said Jann Wenner, chairman of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and founder/editor of Rolling Stone. “These once-in-a-lifetime concerts are designed to celebrate the artists and their music."

  • Bono of U2

    Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona, Spain
    June 30, 2009

    (AP Photo)


The anniversary concerts are being presented in conjunction with the American Express Concert series, which means American Express Cardmembers will have the first chance to get their hands on tickets. American Express Cardmembers can purchase tickets through Ticketmaster from 9 a.m. July 27 through Aug. 2 at 9 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 3 at 9 a.m.

To commemorate the silver anniversary, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is releasing a book and a deluxe DVD set. The nine-DVD box set, issued by Time Life and available in August, will include “highlights of the past induction ceremonies, featuring speeches and all-star performances, many that have never before seen by the public.” If you’d rather read about the past 25 years of induction ceremonies, you can wait until September for the release of “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years.”

This year’s inductees to the Hall of Fame included Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C. and Bobby Womack. Wanda Jackson was honored as an early influence inductee and Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Spooner Oldham were inducted in the Sidemen category.

Click here for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Web site.


  1. loveallmusic wrote:

    07:29 PM, Sep 17, 2009

    And to livenationsux, I just got two tickets for each  of the 25th Anniversary concerts at MSG only yesterday September 17th for much less than $500 each.  Your source on the ticket prices appears to be telling you untruths.

  2. loveallmusic wrote:

    07:24 PM, Sep 17, 2009

    Not everybody's favourite muscian can be inducted every year, and not every muscian can be inducted at all or it wouldn't be an honour any more now would it? If it was a "People's Choice" that determined who was in and who was out then any T, D or H with no talent but a passing fad could get in.

    Sounds like most of you have your mullets in a knot.  

    And FaithNoMore89, there are pills for the type of stress you feel over this matter.  Surely there are more important issues to worry about in this world don't you think?

  3. theblairbunch wrote:

    07:16 PM, Aug 06, 2009

    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!  

    Say it with me now.

    ROCK AND ROLL.........Stop right there.

    I gave up on the R&R H o F when started inducting folks like ah Madonna...

    They did say Rock & Roll right?

  4. Anonymous wrote:

    12:28 PM, Jul 26, 2009

    Hall Of Shame is right! Run-DMC? I directly blame Aerosmith for the sad shape of music today because they made c rap music legitimate with the Walk This Way video. Put Iron Maiden in! Rock-On!!

  5. livenationsux wrote:

    06:03 AM, Jul 23, 2009

    New York City??? The Rock Hall is in Cleveland. I guess they can't sell $500 tickets in Cleveland. lol

  6. alexhart wrote:

    08:14 PM, Jul 22, 2009

    Paul Revere & The Raiders...

    -21 Chart Topping Hits

    -Record for most TV Appearances in the '60's

    -1st Rock Group signed to Columbia Records

    -Influenced most of the artists in the RRHF today!

    So RRHF...What's up?

    It's a shame, and it's looking like a sham, not about the music, but about ticket sales. With the passing of PRR's guitarist Drake Levin on the 4th, it garnered attention all over from a tribute on Letterman, persons such as Paul McCartney acknowledging Drake to his influence on a young Hendrix on how to play the guitar behind his head.

    PRR definitely have a stake and are a STRONG contender over already inducted artists.

    Disappointed, RRHF!

  7. Trainarollin wrote:

    02:53 PM, Jul 22, 2009

    Invite Chuck Berry. Bring him back for an embarrasing encore Rock Hall performance.

  8. FaithNoMore89 wrote:

    02:11 PM, Jul 22, 2009

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Shame

    Bad Company, Supertramp, Heart, Iron Maiden, YES, Dire Straits, Electric Light Orchestra, KISS, Grand Funk Railroad, The Guess Who, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, The Moody Blues, Ted Nugent, Genesis, Deep Purple, T. Rex, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Jethro Tull, The Cars, Journey, Foreigner, Rush. That’s quite an impressive list of legendary artists all strung together isn’t it? Do you know what they all have in common? As of 2009, none of them have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    Metallica was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few weeks ago, and during the ceremony, front man James Hetfield pointed out to the hall of fame decision makers that bands like Rush, Alice Cooper and Deep Purple do indeed deserve to be included in the historic museum. The fact that Metallica was inducted before bands that influenced them just goes to show how clueless the RRHF is (the atrocity is equivalent to teaching American History and leaving out the Native Americans). There would be no Metallica if it was not for Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Judas Priest, and yet Metallica’s rock heroes have been permanently sidelined.

    To be eligible for inclusion in the RRHF, your debut album must be 25 years old. Since my above list of gifted musicians all meet that simple requirement, I decided to write the RRHF a couple of years ago to get some answers, and mainly petition for Rush’s induction. Seriously, Rush not in the RRHF haunts me; it keeps me up at night thinking how the greatest trio of all time, the pioneers of Progressive Rock, is not being credited for their mammoth achievements. Therefore, my letter to the RRHF calmly and politely (I wanted to cuss to express my disgust, but you attract more bees with honey than vinegar) vented how preposterous it was that Rush, Alice Cooper (the man who invented Shock Rock), Electric Light Orchestra (a brilliant little group that mixed classical instruments with Rock and Roll), KISS (the band that established pyrotechnics and merchandising) and many more artists are still waiting to be recognized by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I really did not expect to hear back, and was just hoping to point out to the museum the error of their ways, when a letter from the President of the RRHF arrived in my email. It turned out it was actually from the president’s secretary and explained in great detail how the RRHF makes their decisions. However, the letter sounded very out of touch with Rock and Roll since it read like a lawyer drafted it instead of someone in tune with the music scene. She concluded by agreeing with me that Rush was a good choice, but stated the museum looks for musicians who have made a very large influence on the music industry. Well of course her uneducated response sent me to the moon, and I replied with a quick one line sentence, “So I guess it makes sense that the RRHF just inducted Madonna since she has had a huge influence on Britney Spears.” Needless to say, I never heard back from The Rock and Roll Hall of Shame.

    I wish I could once and for all say the RRHF is dead to me, but unfortunately I cannot stop monitoring who they allow in every year. It is unsettling and beyond absurd that Rap groups and Punk acts like the Sex Pistols (who despise Rock and Roll so there inclusion makes no sense at all) are being inducted before acts who helped shape Rock and Roll. At this rate, Paula Abdul and Vanilla Ice will be inducted before Alice Cooper and Grand Funk Railroad, and I am convinced that my beloved Hair Metal acts will certainly be shunned by the RRHF. Of course, Rock and Roll has many sub categories like Rap, Pop, Disco, Punk and Folk, and those bands also deserve to be included in the hall of fame, but it’s downright disrespectful when someone like Madonna is immortalized in a museum celebrating Rock and Roll before the talented sisters of Heart. After all, these classic rockers are aging fast, and deserve to be honored before it’s too late.