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I don't know about you, but I've always had a thing for those moments where a bunch of musicians who otherwise never play together, actually do, and some kind of magic ends up happening. It'll often happen in the context of a benefit or tribute show, and despite some of that not going entirely right sometimes, there are many times when the sheer weight of the moment and the odd combination of talent on the stage make for a performance that gives you goose bumps.

 

 

A few examples

 

1. Tom Petty, Prince, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne etc. - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison induction in HOF)

 

 

Petty had insisted that Prince stretch out with the soloing, but during rehearsals Prince didn't bother doing any solos, so everyone was worried if it'd work or not. It did. Fun was had. Check the very end: that guitar never lands, and that's only right.

 

2. Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen & U2 - Because The Night

 

 

I just like how Bono builds that up: it's a Springsteen song, so let's have him on stage.... it's also a Patti Smith song so... <crowd goes nuts>

Anywho, two of the most anthemic acts in the history of rock doing one of the most anthemic songs ever. And then there's Patti, as always happy to be there, smiling broadly, essentially being the rock groupie she always was, and stealing the show by doing just that.

 

3. The Band & the Staple Singers - The Weight (The Last Waltz)

 

 

The Last Waltz codifies what we can expect from moments like these. It's the original and it's full of brilliant moments that just might make you well up a little if you're the sentimental sort. The mere sight of Robertson's weird guitar, the weariness in Helm's voice, the crazy organ playing in the background, Pops Staples sly and lazy voice gliding in there, Mavis hollerin' op top of it, Danko jerking around on stage like a marionet... everything's just perfect. Not sure what the song's even about - that's the trouble with Band songs - but it did strike a chord with soul singers especially, considering how both the Staples and Aretha did it at one point in their careers. So it's only right it's brought back home that one last time.

 

 

Feel free to add some more, eh? :)

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There were some Supergroups in Music History :)

 

Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan were in a Supergroup called.

Traveling Wilburys

 

Sparks and Franz Ferdiand founded the the Supergroup FFS 

 

Blizzard of Ozz

Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot) Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) Bob Daisley (Rainbow) and Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heap)

 

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