U2 / Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary

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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:

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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.