Originally broadcasted on HBO in the early part of 2010, the concerts were recorded over 2 long nights at New York's Madison Square Garden. Night one featured the mostly "lighter" artists (Crosby Stills & Nash, Simon and Garfunkle, Stevie Wonder with Bruce Springsteen closing with a long 90 minute set. Night 2 had Aretha Franklin, Metallica, Jeff Beck [substituting for an under the weather Eric Clapton] and ending with U2. [The Rolling Stones and a regrouped Led Zeppelin declined.]
The broadcasted version [discs 1 & 2 plus one track not broadcasted] featured many guests including Stevie Wionder and BB King on The Thrill Is Gone, and Wonder with Sting on Higher Ground/Roxanne, Here Comes The Sun with Paul Simon, Crosby & Nash, Aretha Franklin's Chain of Fools with Annie Lennox [and her controversal t-shirt], Metallica with Ozzy Osbourne & Ray Davies [separately], Jeff Beck with Sting abd Billy Gibbons [of ZZ Top] [separately], U2 with Mick Jagger and the Black Eyed Peas doing Gimme' Shelter and finally Springsteen's set with Billy Joel, John Fogarty, Tom Morello [of Rage Against The Machine] and others.
A booklet with a reporoduction of Rolling Stone magazine's cover is included with a decent size story.
Note: A coupon for a free year subscription to the Rolling Stone magazine is included but not valid in Canada.
The "bonus" DVD contains another hour of musicwith 2 songs extended [they were edited down to fit the HBO special] but in generally had nothing major to offer. Primarily it features an extra 4 tracks from Stevie Wonder.
A further 4 hours of material that were part of the two concerts still haven't been released.