Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Show Oct. 30th, 09

Wow! The first show for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25Th anniversary went till one thirty in the morning with big names acts and special guests. Now we are ready for more on this Friday in late October. Getting in on time tonight was almost too easy, but we take all that we can get right? Jerry Lee Lewis started the night off with "Great Balls of Fire." Last night he also was the first of many famous names to grace the stage. He did not leave the stage without kicking down his piano bench to show that even at 75 he is still "the killer." You know it's a special night when Aretha Franklin is on the bill. This Soul diva is still sounding great singing songs like "Baby, I Love You" and "Don't Play That Song." Annie Lennox came out to help on the classic "Chain of Fools." Then Aretha said she was contemplating moving back to New York, singing for us Sinatra's "New York, New York." Then a friend of hers and her sons, Lenny Kravitz was there to help out on "Think." And last but not least her hit "Respect" was one that had everyone singing along. When this concert was announced Eric Clapton was going to be at the event. He was unable to make it because of some health issues. So instead we get more Jeff Beck. He was just a guest last night but tonight he had a small band with a big sound. Playing a long set with "Drown in My Own Tears" "Freeway Boogie" and "Cause We've Ended as Lovers" with just his band. Also He had guest of his own. First was Sting looking a little shaggy with "People Get Ready." Then Buddy Guy came out looking great playing around with Beck on "Let Me Love You." These men are some of the worlds best Guitar players. Billy Gibbons another legendary rocker came out in black leather and did "Rough Boy" and "Foxy Lady." At the end of Becks reign on stage he came out with a tribute to the Beatles playing the words of "A Day in the Life" with his strings. Who would want to fallow that....How about playful Metal-Heads Metallica. They burst out on stage with "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "One," and "Turn the Page." After that trio of heavy hits they came out with some of the most interesting guests of the night. Lou Reed came out and did not only "Sweet Jane," but also out of nowhere came "White Light/ White Heat." This was a real treat and surprise for some fans at MSG. Then we learned you have to cheer loud for Ozzy Osbourne when he comes out and before he will leave the stage. It is worth the sore throats when you get his hits "Iron Man" and "Paranoid." Metallica seems to fit in with all these guests even Ray Davies who came out with a rockin' "You Really Got Me," and "All Day and All of the Night." At the end of "Enter Sandman" it was clear why Metallica was chosen for this show. The last band to get the spotlight was U2. Lots of guest on stage with U2 including Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan and Patti Smith tacking the time to do it right with "Because the Night." Yes, when done with the song Patti smiled and said "take two " playing the song a second time. The Black Eyed Peas came out to do a medley of Mysterious Ways"/"Where Is the Love"/"One." As U2 was entertaining on the front of the stage, Mick Jagger was dancing behind it. Then The legendary Stone Came out to do a hot "Gimme Shelter." Friday nights show ended with "Beautiful Day" over an hour earlier then the night before. Having both these shows in NYC was a beautiful way to celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's silver anniversary.

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