We took this picture last night on the iPhone. Sadly it doesn't do it justice so let me get you some background. It was about 45 degrees out and this dude was riding his bike in shorts with boots on. It just seemed very goofy to me so I had Angela take a picture on her iPhone.
Last night was the 2nd of two Hall of Fame shows, this one was Aretha Franklin, Jeff Beck, Metallica and U2 plus a buttload of special guests. The picture above is Metallica with Ozzy.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame turns 25
By Jerry Shriver,, USA TODAY
The event: U2, Metallica, Jeff Beck, Aretha Franklin and a string of sharp guests played Part 2 of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's two-night 25th anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The attendance: 19,500-plus.
All hail breaks loose: "Hail, hail rock 'n' roll," said the evening's host Tom Hanks, "which sprang from dashboard radios, nickel-a-song jukeboxes and deep-grooved 45s." With that, rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis returned to open the show again, this time with Great Balls of Fire. Just like Thursday, he pounded out a faithful version, but unlike that subdued turn, he playfully picked up the piano stool and tossed it down as he left the stage.
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What's it to you? If Thursday's show was mostly about rock's sweet soul, folk and country roots, with a hefty dose of New York strut, Friday's acts offered a harder, rebellious edge, leavened by Aretha Franklin's gospel-drenched empowerment anthems and U2's expansive world view.
Queen Aretha: Franklin, a bit unfortunately, was introduced by film clips that showed her in her stage-stomping '60s heyday. This time, she was slowly escorted to center stage and maintained a more majestic presence. Dressed in a bright red gown, black fur-trimmed coat and white pearls, she belted faithful versions of Baby I Love You and Don't Play That Song (in memory of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who signed her to the label). The crowd was flummoxed when she teased to Respect but instead sang a gospel-tinged number (Make Them Hear You) from the musical Ragtime.
Potent pairings: Momentum resumed when Annie Lennox came on to duet on Chain of Fools, then flagged again when Aretha did a showbizzy version of New York, New York— great song but wrong occasion, perhaps. The crowd loved it, though, especially when she said afterward that she was "thinking seriously" about moving here from Detroit. Lenny Kravitz injected needed energy by singing Think in a punchy voice that was clearly influenced by his stage partner. At the end, he escorted her offstage, Aretha sashaying all the way.
Worth the wait: Finally, Respect was cemented with the encore. That once-in-a-lifetime voice filled the Garden, ably supported by nearly 20 backing musicians, including Franklin's son Teddy on guitar, and the crowd gave the diva her due.
Got your back: Jeff Beck had been scheduled to appear as a guest with Eric Clapton but took over the headlining slot when Slowhand was sidelined by gallstone surgery. Beck, a two-time inductee (solo and with The Yardbirds), showed he's one of rock's most proficient, tasteful and appropriately showy guitarists — an axeman's axeman — as he led a quartet in a blistering set of jazz- and blues-tinged instrumentals, highlighted by Drown in My Own Tears.
Just dropped in: Sting came on to lend strong vocals to People Get Ready and nicely played off of Beck's piercing guitar accents. Blues veteran Buddy Guy traded him lick for lick on Let Me Love You. And ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons (he flew in from England, where the band is touring) croaked Rough Boy and cranked out complementary riffs to Beck's lead. The two then exploded into Foxy Lady, a Manhattan bedrock-shaking experience played out under a giant photo of Jimi Hendrix. As the image switched to late-period Beatles, Beck led the quartet in an instrumental eruption on A Day in the Life.
Here is Metallica's setlist:
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Turn The Page
Sweet Jane (w/ Lou Reed)
White Light / White Heat (w/ Lou Reed)
Iron Man (w/ Ozzy Osbourne)
Paranoid (w/ Ozzy Osbourne)
You Really Got Me (w/ Ray Davies)
All Day And All Of The Night (w/ Ray Davies)
Stone Cold Crazy
Here is a summary of U2's set:
Because the Night
30 October 2009
It's not long over in New York, night two of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here's some highlights - photos and more on the way.
From Lou Reed joining Metallica for 'Sweet Jane' to 'Stuck in a Moment' when Mick Jagger joined U2, it was a night when some of the greatest musicians jammed with each other in homage to the traditions of rock'n'roll. Annie Lennox with Lenny Kravitz, Jeff Beck with Sting and Buddy Guy, Ozzy Ozbourne rocking out with Metallica and Ray Davies leading on Kinks standard 'You Really Got Me'.
Edge, Larry, Adam and Bono, arriving on stage for a blistering rendition of Vertigo and a soaring Magnificent, were complemented by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith for the song he wrote with her 'Because The Night'. Legendary E Street keyboardist Roy Bittan was up with Bruce for 'Still Haven't Found' before Black Eyed Peas, fresh from the final 2009 dates of the 360 Tour, got in the groove for a seriously funky Mysterious Ways.
Fergie and U2 were joined by Mick Jagger for 'Gimme Shelter' while Sir Mick took the vocals with Bono for 'Stuck In A Moment'. A beautiful night had to end with a Beautiful Day, when U2 wrapped the proceedings up.
1. Vertigo / Rock 'n' Roll High School (snippet)
3. Because The Night (with Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith)
4. Because The Night (repeated in full due to missed cues)
5. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (with Bruce Springsteen)
6. Mysterious Ways
7. Where Is The Love? / One (snippet) (with the Black Eyed Peas)
8. Gimme Shelter (with Mick Jagger and Fergie)
9. Stuck In A Moment (with Mick Jagger)
10. Beautiful Day