Posted in music | tour dates on March 5, 2009

Paul McCartney

Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Bettye Lavette, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Paul Horn, Ringo Starr AND Paul McCartney are playing the previously-mentioned David Lynch Foundation show at Radio City Music Hall on April 4th. Regular tickets go on sale Monday at 11AM, or of you're rich, your tickets are on sale now...

$100,000 Package
Includes: premier front center orchestra row (13 seats) for the concert, 13 reserved seats at the post-concert celebration at the Four Seasons, 4 backstage passes, 4 day-of-show rehearsal passes, 4 tickets for the pre-concert cocktail reception at Radio City, 4 tickets for the Sunday celebratory brunch and acknowledgment in the concert program. (The deductible portion of this package is $93,625.)
The "post-concert celebration" is described like this: "Celebrate with us at the Four Seasons, located just a few blocks away. Live DJ, great food, and a special celebrity auction, featuring signed guitars by Paul McCartney and other legendary performers."



Comments (29)

Who's Donovan?

Posted by Blackraptor. | March 5, 2009 10:21 AM

Mellow Yellow?

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 10:27 AM

who's dropping 100,000 with me? Anyone? Hello?

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 10:31 AM

I was just about to pick up a 100,000 dollar ticket, but… 12.50 "convenience charge"!! WTF, forget it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 10:45 AM

I once paid $100,000 for a VIP package at a Todd P show. It was worth it. I got an autographed drum head from the Vivian Girls.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 10:59 AM

what time does Daft Punk go on?

Posted by heehee | March 5, 2009 11:26 AM

Still doing Daft Punk

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 11:44 AM

Is that Dan Deacon?

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 12:10 PM

recession baby

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 1:15 PM

Hey, it's not such a bad deal. He is the last remaining Beatle after all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 1:39 PM

I'm gonna take out a mortgage on my house and go to this show. I wont be able to make my mortgage payments, but who gives a F'k? The taxpayers will bail me out anyway!

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 2:17 PM

"Hey, it's not such a bad deal. He is the last remaining Beatle after all."

Fuck off.

Posted by Ringo Starr | March 5, 2009 2:47 PM

Those 4 backstage passes would provide a great opportunity to be ignored by many of the evening's performers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 2:48 PM

hi ringo, didn't see you over there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2009 5:09 PM

The upcoming McCartney/Lynch Concert to benefit the David Lynch Foundation's will raise funds to teach Transcendental Meditation in the public schools.

Many critics feel this is a clear Church/State violation because of the religious trappings of Transcendental Meditaiton.

A group of critics, including myself, have organized a free web event to discuss this controversy. You may be interested in attending.

You can find the details at .

Posted by John M. Knapp, LMSW | March 5, 2009 6:23 PM

and just to be point out - john knapp is a well known internet troll for his "counseling" services - he tries to make his living targeting non-mainstream programs and organizations and convincing people that they are involved in a "cult" so that they will then pay him to help them get out of the cult - there probably are some weak-minded people who more easily get over involved with and (cultishly) dependent upon other people, organizations, diets, etc, and knapp likely finds some of those people who he then gets to fall his "shtick" - he would love for them to instead be dependent on his commercial counseling - so he posts all over the internet trying to get stir up controversy and get people focused on his services

interestingly, john knapp himself admits to once being heavily involved with tm meditation - and when it didn't completely meet his expectations, he angrily quit practicing tm and decided that he would make a business out of being against TM (and any other "cults" - he will happily take someone's money no matter what the focus of their over-involvement is)

meditation, tm or otherwise, is not a panacea for all someone's problems - it won't make all your "issues" just disappear - its just a tool (albeit a very effective one) - and different people have more substantial & challenging issues to work and grow through

millions of people have learned tm over the last 50 years and happily practice it twice a day - there have been almost 400 peer reviewed medical and scientific studies published in hundreds of top science journals from dozens of established research institutions around the world over the last 40+ years - you will find a handful of very vocal critics try to scare people away - "meditation is a religion from the east - beware!" "meditation will damage your brain - beware!" " meditation doesn't do anything - beware!" "research on TM shows that meditation does phenomenal good, but instead learn our meditation by email for less!"

apologies for the long post - its because i have seen this guy knapp troll-soliciting his services many times in various online discussions of meditation and self-help practices and had to put it in perspective

Posted by dued | March 5, 2009 10:36 PM

Knapp is delusional and bitter. He's an old dude that found this post through a search engine and has undoubtedly never been to this site before and could not tell you or anyone what time Daft Punk is on, he's good for a little of the old copy/paste and self promotion though.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 2:24 AM

Does anyone have the pre-sale info. And ringo, i agree with you!!!

Posted by David Knott | March 6, 2009 9:30 AM

Is meditation the best thing to spend money on for our kids? If one looks at the scientific research verifying TM's benefits, the answer is clear: it's precisely *because* there are so many problems out there that meditation is the very *best* thing we can be supporting in the schools. Check out what researchers from medical schools and doctors galore are saying, at . The NIH has so far spend $24 million researching TM's health benefits for brain function and cardiovascular health, and the grants keep coming.

Most of the problems we face are caused by student stress, stress-driven behavior and lack of development of the student's inner resources. These are the very things that the TM program has been shown to directly and positively impact, more effectively than any known approaches to education or self-development. We're spending billions every year on largely ineffective programs aiming to reduce stress and learning disorders and help prevent violence and stress-driven behaviors that impede the learning process. Teachers and administrators are at their wit's end.

Instead of throwing money at the problems on the superficial level (paying rent-a-cops to patrol the halls, paying for hazardous medications to treat ADHD and other disorders, fighting drug abuse, etc.), it makes sense to also teach TM and get to the source of the problem by directly reducing stress and improving student performance and behavior. But the greatest benefit of TM is that it unfolds the student's latent creativity and mental potential. It'll set them up for a more productive, fulfilling life. Look at the award-winning, model Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, where all the students and teachers practice TM. These students win more awards for critical thinking, science, creativity than almost any school in the country.

It is beyond my comprehension how anyone, such as the anti-TM activist/social worker above promoting his "counseling" business, could oppose such a positive and beneficial program. Why would anyone want to keep exposing the schoolchildren to increasing stress, anxiety, learning disorders, violence, and all the unfortunate aspects of life that have grown unmanageable, but which are directly alleviated by Transcendental Meditation? It's a cruelty of the lowest order to oppose a proven means to improve the quality of life for a million kids. Consider what top educators across the country say about TM after they implement the TM/Quiet Time program in their schools: it's positively transformative.

The anti-TMer above is now harping on church and state laws, thinking that will get more traction than his usual crying "cult!" But it's still witch-hunt, swiftboating mentality, akin to calling Barack Obama a Muslim terrorist who pals with dangerous subversives and does not love his country. Such tactics didn't work during the election and they won't work now.

It's a gross misunderstanding to claim that TM is a religion and violates anyone's beliefs. It's not a religion, it's a powerful meditation *technique* that involves no beliefs and is not faith-based. It's a simple, effortless practice, but funds have to be raised for schoolchildren to learn because it requires personalized instruction and the training is time-intensive for the TM teacher--it's a 12-hour course plus a lifetime of ongoing one-on-one support and follow-up, optionally as needed, and the one-time upfront fee covers all this. But most important, once you learn you have it the rest of your life to benefit from and enjoy.

See ya at the concert!!!

Posted by laughing crow | March 6, 2009 10:04 AM

I fucking hate TM!!!!

Wait, we're bashing Ticketmaster, right? I couldn't read any of that long shit.

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | March 6, 2009 11:01 AM

"Wait, we're bashing Ticketmaster, right?"

no, we're bashing Daft Punk.

TM is awesome.

for anyone whose attention span is functional, those longer posts are right on.

and there are very cheap tickets too, which the article totally missed.

Posted by monkey voodoo | March 6, 2009 2:00 PM

This should not be a conversation about whether or not TM is benneficial. There are countless meditation "brands" that offer basically the same instruction for little or no money. The TM organization is a huge financial scam. Last I checked the cost of learning was about $2000.

I wonder how much money they claim to need to teach 1 million kids to meditate, which they won't, because there are not 1 million kids on earth interested in learning. There are already plenty of TM teachers out there that teach for $20-30 under the radar.

At this point the majority of teachers are over the retirement age. I think they actually had to pay something like $100,000 to remain certified teachers, so they've got plenty of money independently. If the price was dropped to $0, they'd still only get a turn out of about 10 people. No one cares, because people have been doing TM for 50 years here in the states, and 90% of them quit within a few years, and no one has objectively experienced any of the benefits that are promised.

Posted by Anonymous | March 6, 2009 3:09 PM

Too bad this site got infected by the TM-basher. When a child overcomes ADHD with Transcendental Meditation, and you see it happen before your own eyes, you don't buy all that other garbage.

Posted by Silvia | March 8, 2009 8:26 AM

Too bad the presale sold out so fast.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2009 10:53 AM

I can’t wait to see this concert and I am so happy that such a good cause is being supported by so many stars. TM is awesome and helps children develop great self-confidence, flexibility, problem solving skills, and happiness (to name just a few). Making Transcendental Meditation available to children of school age is a great idea and gives me hope for the future.

Posted by Cat33 | March 8, 2009 6:02 PM

This will be a great show. The new documentary, SCHOOL OF THOUGHT, will show you why these music superstars are doing this benefit concert at Radio City. The film is about Transcendental Meditation in schools and what the David Lynch Foundation is doing to bring meditation to students everywhere. Watch the first eight minutes of the movie for free at

Posted by Perri Pictures | March 9, 2009 3:04 AM

they should just show lost highway on loop for 10 hours

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2009 1:52 PM

Is TM playing the show? I read everything but I still don't know if he is.

Posted by Anonymous | April 5, 2009 12:35 AM

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