Hall Of Fame’s Birthday Bash

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is now old enough to rent a car. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Hall is living it up with two nights of concerts Oct. 29-30 at Madison Square Garden, featuring performances from past inductees such as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, U2 and Metallica.

The shows will include genres from soul to hard rock with artists showing off their own tunes as well as the music that has inspired them.

The Oct. 29 show is set to include performances from artists including Springsteen, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

The next night will feature Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Metallica and U2.

Proceeds from the shows will be used to fund a permanent endowment for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum.

To commemorate the silver anniversary, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is releasing a book and a deluxe DVD set. The nine-DVD box set, issued by Time Life and available in August, will include “highlights of the past induction ceremonies, featuring speeches and all-star performances, many that have never before seen by the public.”

This year’s inductees to the Hall of Fame included Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C. and Bobby Womack. Wanda Jackson was honored as an early influence inductee and Bill Black, DJ Fontana and Spooner Oldham were inducted in the Sidemen category.