Ok, I’ll admit it. I was late to the revolution…but fortunately it was televised. I finally caught some of the performances from last fall’s concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and suffice to say, my consciousness was uprooted by some of the collaborations that Bono and the Boys pulled off. In a word, they were “Magnificent.”
So tell me something…Do you like the Springsteen? How about Robert Mapplethorpe’s one-time roommate, Patty Smith? Then check out this version of “Because the Night” with U2 serving as the co-authors’ backing band.
But that ain’t all, folks…”Gimme Shelter” brings together three generations of entertainers and certainly deserves a listen / view as well. It’s not be a stretch to say that Fergie shows off the best pipes in this performance.
There are many more worth a few minutes of your life, (after all, how much time are you wasting working for the man today???), but if you miss Bruce Springsteen as a one-man gospel choir, you’ll be poorer for it. So, let’s end this where any rock and roll blog worth its NaCl should…with a little soulful and spine-tingling existential angst: