Legends to come together to celebrate Rock Hall’s 25th

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U2, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Friends, and Simon and Garfunkel are among the legendary artists confirmed to perform over two nights in New York to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The concerts are scheduled for Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Each night will feature entirely different line-ups, with artists performing their own songs and the music that inspired them – tracing the history of genres ranging from soul to hard rock. On Thursday, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends, Stevie Wonder, and Paul Simon (solo) will perform. The following night will feature U2, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, and Metallica. Additional performers and special guests will be announced over the next few weeks. The concerts are expected to be filmed for a HBO special to air later in the fall.

Tickets for both shows will go on sale Monday, August 3 at 9 a.m. through Ticketmaster and range in price from $79.50 to over $2,000 for each night.A pre-sale is currently underway for American Express card members. Proceeds from the shows will go towards creating a permanent endowment for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum.

The Rock and Roll of Hall of Fame’s 25th anniversary celebration will also extend beyond the concerts, with 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 hit stores in September and chronicles the 25 years of induction ceremonies. Time Life will issue a nine-DVD boxed set of highlights of the past induction ceremonies, featuring speeches and all-star performances, in August.

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