If you missed the television premiere of the 2013 Hard Rock Calling music festival last night on Palladia, don’t panic! VH1 Classic is airing the sonic extravaganza this Friday (that’s the 30th, folks!) at 9 PM ET. So you can catch unforgettable performances from Bruce Springsteen, Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown and so many more -all from the comfort of your couch. And you don’t even have to shell out for a ticket! Live is good, music lovers.
Let’s get it out of the way right off the bat. There were no Beatles in sight when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band took to the stage last night to thrill forty thousand fans as the headline act for London’s Hard Rock Calling music festival. Nor where there any other special musical guests, for that matter. It was just a high octane burn through three hours of his greatest rock ‘n’ roll. And that was more than enough for us. Judging from from the cheering, we’d say the crowd agreed.
Janis Joplin at Monterey Pop. The Beatles on a London rooftop. Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. The Who at Leeds. Queen at Live Aid. If you care about sound in any way, you know of these. All iconic, unrepeatable performances for the ages. And yesterday on day two of the Hard Rock Calling music festival in London, we’re convinced we witnessed another. That’s when Alabama Shakes took the stage, and also their place as a major force in contemporary music.
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