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Friday, October 30, 2009


Concert of a Lifetime

This week, my GPS guided me from the lakes around Tahoe to the mega center for the concert of a lifetime in New York City. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it indeed was a hall, or should we say, a garden full of fame, Madison Garden to be exact.

There were 4 main acts who each invited equally famous legends to join them. Crosby, Stills and Nash were joined by Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and James Taylor among others. Paul Simon was joined by Art Garfunkle. Stevie Wonder played with Sting, BB King, Jeff Beck, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and more. Bruce Springsteen was joined by John Fogerdy of Credence, Billy Joel and the list went on. I ran into Tom Hanks back stage and many other celebrities were in the crowd.
Rob Reis, Sara Beck and Mike May at the concert

No sooner was one incredible song and unique combination of musicians finished, another breathtaking appearance would be made, Love has No Pride, Roxanne, The Boxer, Superstition...
Best of all, I got to share it with my personal favorite musical talent, Sara Beck, and my friend of 42 years, Rob Reis. I crawled into bed around 3AM and started the fun all over again 6 hours later.

While walking up 6th Avenue in search of lunch, I was inspired to call Oscar screenwriter, Bruce Ruben, who just happened to be in New York for the day. He met us at Stevie's hotel and we spent the afternoon getting caught up on each other's lives.

Instead of attending the second night of the Hall of Fame concerts, we met Yaz and friends for drinks in Chelsea and then caught up with Sara Beck plus Sara 2 and Brian for a fantastic dinner at the Fig and Olive. This night had to end early, Midnight, so we could get up at 4 AM to catch our flights home after an incredible 36 hours of the Big Apple, music and friends. Yes, a concert of a lifetime.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert: Set List from the New York Times.

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