Variety reports that Jann Wenner and Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will be executive produce a four-hour HBO special set around next month's Madison Square Garden concerts that celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The special will be directed by Joel Gallen. It will air November 29. Headlining this concert (which takes place October 29 and October 30) are: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; U2; Eric Clapton; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Friends; Aretha Franklin; Metallica; Paul Simon playing solo and with Art Garfunkel; plus Stevie Wonder. There will also be special guest appearances by Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne, Dion, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Sting, Van Morrison and James Taylor. Other surprise guests will be added.
Robby Robinson and Cameron Crowe will also be producing this project.
The broadcast will feature the highlights from two concerts.
"Once you've got Springsteen and U2, it became easy to make calls and say, 'Do you want to play on a bill with these guys,'" Wenner stated.
Crowe is going to oversee and produce "interstitials that will be shown at the concert and precede each band." These are meant to offer up a sense of the periods of rock history as well as the artists' influences.
"We've asked each act to do special things, like tributes to their influences, so they won't just be taking an hour out of their existing shows and dropping it in here," Wenner offered. "Bruce is figuring out which Elvis song he'll play."