I was unable to go to New York for the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert; so I jumped for joy when HBO played 4 hours of the concerts last night. I jumped around and sang along to most of the songs as if I were really there in Madison Square Garden.
I could say many things about all of the performances, but I will stick to U2's performance for my blog. I did notice that the editors of this program gave a bit more time to U2 footage (coming in second only to Bruce Springsteen who got almost a full hour of coverage).
U2's duet with Bruce Springsteen for "I Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking For," was pure genius. I would of liked to have seen Springsteen and U2 perform a few more songs.
This show was packed with musical legends and I noticed that many of them have performed with U2 throughout the years. I would of liked to have seen U2 perform with more of these people. If I was in charge of the concert I would have a lineup that included the following:
U2 and Patty Smith "Dancing Barefoot"
U2 and B.B. King "When Love Comes to Town"
U2 and Lou Reed "Satellite of Love"
U2 and Metallica "Bullet the Blue Sky" (think about it)
U2 and Mick Jagger "Waitin' on a Friend" (Rolling Stones song)
Bono and Mick Jagger's version of "Stuck in a Moment" conjured up an image of two drunken buddies in a karaoke bar. Not saying that this is bad, just being truthful. This is what makes rock n' roll so great--a bunch of friends can get together and start a rock band. Most often than not, they end up in obscurity, but ever so often, they make rock n' roll history.