July 23, 2009
Music's biggest stars are set to perform at two New York City concerts this fall to celebrate the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary.
Bruce Springsteen, U2, Metallica and Stevie Wonder are among the industry greats on the initial roster for the Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 shows, the Hall of Fame announced in a statement Wednesday. The shows, held at New York City's Madison Square Garden, will feature different set lists and performers each night.
"Twenty-five years ago a group led by legendary Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun created this foundation to recognize and celebrate the music and careers of artists whose music helped shape and define our generation," Jann Wenner, the Founder and Chairman of Rolling Stone and Chairman of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame Foundation said in the statement. "These once-in-a-lifetime concerts are designed to celebrate the artists and their music."
The artists will take to the stage to play their own music and the music that inspires them, and all proceeds from ticket sales will go to create a permanent endowment for the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum.
Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened in 1983, with Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Ray Charles among its first inductees. Performers are eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.
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