Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bash lines up acts

Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin among performers

Do the math on this one: nine all-timer acts, two nights, one solid cause. It adds up to a serious concert experience.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a pair of Madison Square Garden shows in the fall. The Oct. 29 gig features Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. There's no letup in star power the next night: U2, Aretha Franklin, Metallica and Eric Clapton.

Proceeds from the concerts will go toward creating a permanent endowment for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation and Museum in Cleveland. Tickets go on sale Aug. 3, with an American Express presale starting Monday.

The shows will be designed to tell the story of rock 'n' roll with guest stars and collaborations. Acts will play their own songs and music that inspired them, ranging from soul to hard rock.

Among the behind-the-scenes folks who will work with the artists to curate the show through the live performances and filmed segments: Tom Hanks and his producing partner Gary Goetzman, Jann Wenner, Robbie Robertson, Cameron Crowe and Joel Gallen.

HBO will air a four-hour program of highlights in November.
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