Music legends rock the Hall of Fame

Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:48am EDT
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By Christian Wiessner

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rock 'n' roll royalty held court on Thursday night as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Sting and other music legends staged a marathon show to celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary.

The six-hour concert at Madison Square Garden included over 50 songs and also featured performances by Crosby, Stills and Nash, blues great B.B. King, Smokey Robinson, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and others.

Actor Tom Hanks introduced rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis, who kicked off the show with his classic "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."

"This is the music of our generation, this is the music that we grew up with, this is the soundtrack of our lives," Hanks said to reporters before the show.

Some of the biggest acts played several of their hits before bringing out featured guests who sang their own well-known songs.

Crosby, Stills and Nash began their set with "Woodstock" and "Marrakech Express" before inviting Taylor, Browne and Bonnie Raitt to the stage.

Paul Simon, who performed selections from his solo catalog before introducing and performing with his former partner Art Garfunkel, gave the spotlight to early rock heartthrob Dion DiMucci and his hit "The Wanderer."

The audience enthusiastically greeted some of the best-known songs, but emotional high points were registered during tributes to deceased Hall of Fame members.   Continued...

<p>Singer Aretha Franklin performs with Annie Lennox (R) during the second of two 25th Anniversary Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York October 30, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>