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“I’ve Got A Story To Tell You”: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary

Posted on 01 November 2009 (2)

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Benefit
30 October, 2009
Madison Square Garden
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band featuring Sam Moore, Tom Morello, John Fogerty and Darlene Love

The last thing I expected at 12something Thursday night was for Billy Joel to walk out onstage with the E Street Band and play a couple of songs. Of course, at that point, it was already past ridiculous: a full horn section, extra backup singers, and a parade of outstanding guests: Sam Moore, Tom Morello, John Fogerty and Darlene Love had already been out there, and clearly, we weren’t finished yet.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Night 2

Posted on 31 October 2009 (2)

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Benefit
30 October, 2009
Madison Square Garden
Featuring: Aretha Franklin, Jeff Beck, Metallica, U2

In 30 million years, I honestly never expected it. Everyone was blah blah blah Mick Jagger, blah blah blah Bob Dylan, blah blah blah. We knew how early the Bruce setlist had leaked out the previous day and so stayed far, far away from the internet. Seeing Bruce with U2 was on the bucket list, but we didn’t know how it would ever actually come to pass.

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Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Night 1

Posted on 30 October 2009 (3)

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Benefit
30 October, 2009
Madison Square Garden
Featuring: Crosby Stills and Nash, Simon & Garfunkle, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

I am not particularly monogamous when it comes to rock and roll loves. I like a lot of things, I am diverse, I have varied tastes. I can debate you favorite Chuck Berry songs (“Nadine”) as hard as I can debate you favorite Ramones songs (“Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”). I am not someone who walked into last night’s show planning to file my nails or watch the ballgame until Springsteen walked onstage. I might not have loved everyone in the lineup but I fully intended to participate with intention.

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