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This weekend in the CBS-FM Hall of Fame we’re playing the best from artists who have rocked the stage at the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.

Over the years a virtual “who’s who” has played on that famous stage, from the likes of Elton John (who has sold out MSG a record 62 times!), the Rolling Stones, and the Who.

The list of big time acts is endless. The Stones have rocked The Garden twenty-four times from 1969 to 2006, and Michael Jackson‘s 30th Anniversary Special concerts on September 7th and 10th of 2001 sold out in just five hours.

That’s 20,000 seats in FIVE hours. Take a second to wrap your head around that.

When so many great acts have packed The Garden and rocked the city that never sleeps, it’s hard to choose the best performances of all time.

[PHOTOS] Artists That Have Rocked Madison Square Garden

But we tried anyway. Here are some of the most memorable performances from Madison Square Garden’s long and storied history!

The Concert for Bangladesh

Former Beatle George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the benefit concerts to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan following the Bhola cyclone in 1970 and the atrocities during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

The concerts were held on August 1st, 1971; one at noon and the second at 7pm. Harrison and Shankar were joined by Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and many others, playing in front of a total of 40,000 people.

Here’s Harrison performing “Here Comes the Sun” from the concert.


The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972

The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972, which became know as the S.T.P. Tour (Stones Touring Party), was a highly publicized and written about tour that rock critic Dave Marsh cited as “part of rock and roll legend.”

The entire tour exemplified the band’s bad boy reputation, featuring tear gas is Tuscon and an NSFW trip to the Playboy Mansion.

The Stones put an end to the tour by playing three consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden. The first night consisted of ten arrests with two police officers being treated for injuries.

We’re not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, considering some of the antics in other cities.

Watch the Stones perform “Brown Sugar” at MSG in ’72.


The Who

The Concert for New York City

After the attacks on September 11th, 2001, New York City was left broken, but not beaten. The city, the country, and much of the world united and showed just how strong they really are, while rallying around those who helped save countless lives and mourning those brave souls we lost.

Organized by Paul McCartney, the Concert for New York City featured artists like Rolling Stones bandmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, James Taylor, David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton and many more.

One of them being the Who. Their performance of “Won’t Get Fooled Again” sounded just as good as it did in 1971, except this time it was fueled by the energy of the greatest city on the planet; New York City.


We’ve certainly missed many great performances from The Garden. Whether you saw it in person, on TV, or on this wonderful thing called the internet, tell us yours in the comments section below!


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