Bruce Springsteen, U2, Metallica and Others Playing Rock’n Roll HOF Concerts at MSG

Bruce Springsteen at Izod Center & James Hetfield at Prudential Center

Photos: Jon Klemm

So it looks like Rock’n Roll Hall Of Fame celebrations are back in New York this year after a brief hiatus in Cleveland. Two star studded concerts will take place October 29 and 30, 2009 at MSG to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the RNRHOF. To date, the list of confirmed performers for those shows are as follows:

October 29, 2009 Rock’n Roll HOF Concert
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Simon & Garfunkel
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends
Paul Simon
Stevie Wonder

October 30, 2009 Rock’n Roll HOF Concert
Eric Clapton
Aretha Franklin

In addition to the concert, there will also be an HBO TV special, a deluxe DVD and a commemorative book.

Four hours of highlights from the shows will be culled for a special to be broadcast on HBO in November. The concerts will curated by an all-star creative team including Tom Hanks, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, and former Band member Robbie Robertson to tell the story of rock and roll through live performances and filmed segments, according to a press release.

The anniversary celebration will extend beyond the two October concerts, with plans in the works for both a book and a deluxe DVD set to be released this fall. The book, “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The First 25 Years,” will be published in September by Collins Design (an imprint of HarperCollins), while Time Life will issue a nine-DVD boxed set of highlights of past induction ceremonies in August. [LiveDaily]

Tickets for the HOF concerts go on sale to the general public beginning August 3 at 9AM EDT, with a pre-sale for American Express cardholders from July 27 through August 2.