Closing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert Features U2 and Friends
"We're gonna try something dangerous and special," Bono said halfway through U2's closing set on the second night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert. The singer had already brought out Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith for a version of 'Because The Night,' a song Bono said "we wish we had written."
It required two takes, but ultimately proved magical, with Springsteen soloing on guitar as Smith and Bono exhorted him on. The Black Eyed Peas then joined the band for 'Where Is The Love,' which Bono called "a forever song." The imagination ran a little wild at the prospect of this collaboration. But with Fergie standing above the drum stand dancing and Bono strumming a guitar, the fantasies of the Madison Square Garden fans couldn't dream up what U2 delivered next.
As the intro morphed into 'Gimme Shelter,' a spry Mick Jagger sauntered onto the stage, sending the Garden into a collective frenzy. Just the sight of the unannounced Jagger was enough to raise the arena to its feet, but seeing Jagger and Bono trading notes and Fergie going to toe to toe with Jagger, singing the song's famed background vocals, was as musically rich as the names involved.
After the Peas triumphantly exited the stage to a huge ovation and hugs from all involved, Jagger quipped, "What should we do now?" The Rolling Stones frontman and Bono then delivered a spot-on duet of 'Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of,' expertly rehearsed just as Springsteen and Bono's earlier duet for 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.' Just as Springsteen had the night before, U2 donated most of their set to other musicians, mixing in originals like 'Mysterious Ways,' the opening