You can forgive the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a bit of fuzzy math in calling this their 25th anniversary. First and foremost, any excuse to put on a star-studded concert event like this is going to be accepted. (Just is.) Secondly, they're really splitting the difference, given that it was founded in 1983 but didn't have an induction until three years later.
Recorded over two nights (October 29-30) at Madison Square Garden, HBO has pared the 90 song setlist down to four hours. The 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert might just be the most legendary lineup of artists ever to grace the stage for the same celebration. And what a better cause to celebrate -- that of Rock & Roll.
Playlist: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert - setlist (list of songs played)
Just to look through the lineup as it was announced some time ago was star-studded enough. But then to see all the special guests and the combinations that ended up playing on stage together makes this one for the ages*. Bruce Springsteen, U2, Stevie Wonder, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills & Nash are on the marquee, but it's the prospect of Metallica backing Lou Reed and Ray Davies, or Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello launching into The Clash's "London Calling" that really grease the wheels. All that was missing was Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell (Eric Clapton cancelled at the last minute due to illness). The concert airs on HBO Sunday night at 8PM.
*And I do mean ages -- the average age of the performers lies well north of 60.
It's Thanksgiving week, and that means both vacation and a very big meal. Relating to the former, we have some of the talkies taking a break. To the latter, we have an exciting new series from IFC called Dinner with the Band, which takes the construct of a cooking show and sprinkles discussion of music with a helping of live performance. Brooklyn Chef Sam Mason invites musicians to a kitchen where he builds a menu based on their tastes, while the band helps do the cooking.. Artists scheduled for this first season include Final Fantasy, Les Savy Fav, Kid Sister, Men, Yacht and season premiere guest. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, who are treated to gourmet Steak & Eggs. Um... yum?
Dinner with the Band will Tuesday nights on IFC, at 11PM.
Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, November 23
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Weezer
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Cold War Kids
NBC: The Jay Leno Show: Lady Gaga
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Timbaland with Nelly Furtado and So Shy
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Bat For Lashes (REPEAT)
Tuesday, November 24
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Rihanna
IFC: Dinner WIth the Band: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Weezer
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Pixies
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Cold War Kids (REPEAT)
SYNDICATION: The Ellen Degeneres Show: Bon Jovi
Wednesday, November 25
NBC: The Today Show: Bon Jovi
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Mos Def & Talib Kweli
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Lily Allen (REPEAT)
Thursday, November 26
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Rx Bandits
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Bon Jovi
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Phoenix (REPEAT)
Friday, November 27
FUEL: The Daily Habit - Special Best of Music Matt & Kim, Matt & Kim, The Walkmen, The Bronx, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Street Sweeper Social Club
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Keane (REPEAT)
SUNDANCE: Kill Your Idols: Sonic Youth, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Theoretical Girls, Liars, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, Gogol Bordello, Swans
VH1: Storytellers: Foo Fighters
Saturday, November 28
BBCAMERICA: The Graham Norton Show: Lily Allen (REPEAT)
Sunday, November 29
HBO: 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin