Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Bruce, Sting, Mick Rock Hall Show Coming to DVD

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Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mick Jagger, U2, Aretha Franklin, Simon & Garfunkel, Sam Moore et al are all coming to DVD on September 28th from last fall’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts.

I’m usually pretty critical of the Rock Hall, but I’ll let that pass this time. The performances were so good, especially from the first night, that it’s worth enjoying them.

Of course I am particularly partial to Bruce Springsteen’s extended set with “Soul Man” Sam Moore, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Tom Morello and  Darlene Love, and the E Street Band. The YouTube video is attached below. And don’t miss the big finale with all those guys doing Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher.” It was the crowning moment of the two night event.

There’s not enough Aretha for my taste, but plenty of Stevie Wonder, who was grand. And Sting‘s session with Jeff Beck on Curtis Mayfield‘s often copied “People Get Ready” (hello John Mayer!) is top notch. There’s waay too much Metallica and U2, however. There are plenty of artists missing– Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr skipped the show, Eric Clapton got sick, The Who were nowhere to be found, Keith Richards declined– but it is what it is. We can enjoy these performances without betraying our basic displeasure with the Rock Hall.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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