Facebook Twitter

HALL OF FAME IS ROCKED BY CELEBRATION

SHARE HALL OF FAME IS ROCKED BY CELEBRATION

Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry and friends rocked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday night in a concert to mark the long-awaited opening of the $92 million glass-and-steel shrine.

Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off the show by joining Berry for a rendition of Berry's 1950s hit, "Johnny B Goode." The energetic crowd filled in on the chorus of "Go, Johnny, go!"Springsteen and Berry were followed by John Mellencamp, who performed his tribute to vintage rock artists, "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."

Artists ranging from Sheryl Crow and Aretha Franklin to Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis were scheduled to perform in the concert at Cleveland Stadium, next to the hall.

Pairings of artists were not announced before the show, but earlier Saturday, Lou Reed and Soul Asylum rehearsed "Sweet Jane," a tune Reed wrote with the Velvet Underground, and Jon Bon Jovi and the Animals' Eric Burdon ran through the Animals' "We Gotta Get Outta This Place."

All but a few hundred of 57,000 concert tickets were sold, rock hall spokesman Tim Moore said. The concert was carried live on HBO.

The rock hall, nearly 10 years in the making, opened for the first time Saturday morning to cheering crowds. More than 9,000 visitors were expected.

The crowds lined up in a circle near the hall, following the grooves in the plaza's pavement, which resembles a giant turntable. They cheered for the first guests through the door at 10 a.m., Liz and Carl Walker of Detroit, who drove to town with their 4-year-old son, Angelopaul.

"We wanted to get here ahead of time so we could check it out," said Walker, who bought a membership more than a year go.

John Barrett of New York City emerged with a shopping bag full of souvenirs after his visit.

"I'm a rock 'n' roll fan from way back," the 40-something tourist said. "It was great to see Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison ... in one exhibit. You don't usually see that."

The museum's hours were extended and additional tickets were placed on sale Saturday to accommodate demand.

Administrators worked the crowds, helping sort out questions about who could get into the museum and when.

Many people held single-visit tickets they bought in advance.