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Behind the Cover Shoot: Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts

November 12, 2009 4:31 PM ET

Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Bono. Three of the greatest artists in rock & roll history and the cover stars of the new issue of Rolling Stone, which documents the epic Rock Hall 25th Anniversary concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. In this exclusive video from the Mark Seliger photo shoot, we go behind the scenes as the three titans of rock pose for the cover of our new issue just hours before they performed onstage on October 30th. All three legends have graced the cover of RS numerous times, but never before have they appeared together.

Check out all of Bono, Jagger and Springsteen's Rolling Stone covers.

In the new issue, David Fricke and Brian Hiatt chart the concerts' journey from the first entreaties to artists (Led Zeppelin declined to reunite again; David Bowie couldn't make it) to convincing HBO to air the shows as a prime-time special on November 29th to the incredible rehearsals and finally to the historic concerts themselves, which feature legends like Metallica, U2, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jeff Beck. Our new issue also features annotated set lists from both shows, backstage photos, essays by contemporary artists like Alicia Keys and My Morning Jacket's Jim James on the Rock Hall of Famers that inspired them and much more.

Get a look at all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's inductees.

In addition to our behind-the-cover shoot video above, be sure to check out all of our exclusive features dedicated to the Rock Hall concerts. We have the Greatest Moments in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame history, photos from backstage and onstage at Madison Square Garden and much more, so head over to our Essential Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Coverage to relive these already-legendary concerts.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

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