Yesterday evening at 8 P.M. Eastern, HBO began airing the two-night all-star concert that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame put on in NYC a few weeks back. To give you a sense of the material they were working with here, if the network had shown the entirety of both October dates, that broadcast would have just finally wrapped up around six this morning. Instead, HBO selected a representative sampling of the concerts’ most awesome moments – which, given the lengthy and generally unbelievable nature of the original set lists, added up to a four-hour extravaganza anyway.
I haven’t watched the whole HBO broadcast yet, but I caught some killer performances while channel-surfing through. Annie Lennox ripping through “Chain of Fools” with Aretha Franklin was the stuff of legends (pictured, with Lennox in an eye-catching “HIV POSITIVE” shirt to raise awareness for her SING public-health campaign). Ditto for U2, Patti Smith, and Bruce Springsteen’s “Because the Night” – though, to be entirely honest, I would have preferred to see Patti and Bruce perform their composition themselves without Bono getting in the way. The first-night highlights I remembered from seeing in person a month ago were just as cool the second time around, too, with stellar turns from Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, and especially Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Obviously I’m not listing close to everything that stood out last night. Did you watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert on HBO? What were your favorite and least favorite moments? Speak up in the comments section!
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