The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concerts were a two-day concert series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . It took place on October 29 and 30, 2009 at Madison Square Garden and the tickets cost between $75USD and $2,000USD.
The idea behind the concert was to have Hall of Fame inductees perform in eight segments (Crosby, Stills and Nash, Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Jeff Beck, Metallica and U2) and to present their own songs or songs originally performed by other Hall of Fame inductees. Eric Clapton was set to perform, but pulled out due to having his gallstones removed. Jeff Beck performed as his replacement.
A four-hour compilation of the concert was first broadcast by the US television provider HBO on November 29, 2009. In addition, the concert was released on DVD (HBO compilation on two DVDs plus a bonus DVD), on Blu-ray and on two double CDs or as a 4-CD box (including six bonus pieces).
The appearance of Metallica with Lou Reed eventually led to the recordings of the album Lulu.