U2, Springsteen, Metallica, Clapton on the slate
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will mark the 25th anniversary of its founding with two star-studded concerts Oct. 29 and 30 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The list of acts — all of whom have been inducted into the Hall of Fame — includes U2, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Crosby Stills and Nash and Paul Simon — who’ll perform solo and with Art Garfunkel.
Hall chairman Jann Wenner and CEO Joel Peresman announced the gigs at a press conference Wednesday at the Rock Hall Annex, which opened earlier this year in Manhattan. Venue capacity will be scaled back from the usual 19,000-plus to some 11,000 for the events in order to accommodate an outsized stage, and tickets — proceeds from which will go to establish a permanent endowment for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation — will range from $75 to $2,000.
Perfs are part of a bigger initiative promoting the anniversary. The program will also include next month’s nine-DVD set of induction ceremony highlights produced in conjunction with Time-Life and a book of inductee profiles to be published in September by HarperCollins. There are no current plans for live broadcast of the shows, but negotiations are under way for Stateside and international television deals — with a live album also likely.
American Express cardholders will get first crack at tickets for the October shows starting on July 27, with ducats going on sale to the general public on Aug. 3.