Posted in music on October 5, 2009

Gavin & Courtney @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Rufus, Scarlett & Gavin @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Gavin & U2 @ Carnegie Hall (aphrodite-in-nyc)
Gavin Friday

Sunday, October 4th was the "Hal Willner Presents: An Evening with Gavin Friday & Friends" show at Carnegie Hall. The whole night was a benefit for (RED), a charity directed toward AIDS in Africa.

The night's advertised guests included Laurie Anderson, Antony, Elizabeth Ashley, Bono, Adam Clayton, Andrea Corr, The Edge, Flo & Eddie, Joel Grey, Bill Frisell, Guggi, Scarlett Johansson, Courtney Love, Lydia Lunch, Patrick McCabe, Maria McKee, Shane MacGowan, Eric Mingus, Larry Mullen, Jr., JG Thirlwell, Lydia Lunch, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Chloe Webb. A few others who appeared were Lady Gaga, Fred Armisen as Prince, and Lou Reed, The night had a strong collaborative atmosphere to say the least...

Rufus Wainwright, Scarlett Johansson and Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen joined Friday for the come-hither cartoon "Mr. Pussy," from Friday's 1995 album, Shag Tobacco. (Armisen came out dressed to the purple nines -- as Prince.) Friday and falsetto-soul singer Antony duetted on a pair of ballads, including a Memphis-brass-soaked reading of "He Got What He Wanted" from Friday's 1989 solo debut, Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves. Friday and Virgin Prunes devotee Courtney Love were just on the right side of out-of-control in a pounding version of Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me." Queen of the post-punk furies Lydia Lunch played the same half of the night as Lady Gaga (who came out in next to nothing -- she made Love look demure). And a metal-machine-noise assault by Laurie Anderson (violin), John Zorn (saxophone) and Lou Reed (guitar distortion) eventually resolved into the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane" with Friday, Bono and a cheerfully pickled Shane McGowan of the Pogues trading verses.

Bono was not just passing through between stadiums. He, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. were on and off stage half a dozen times; U2's Friday covers included "I Want to Live" (done with techno drive and Joshua Tree-like space) and the crusted-glam bomb "King of Trash." Bono also took a solo spot, turning on his Irish Sinatra for the Shag Tobacco elegy "The Last Song I'll Ever Sing." The Edge's brother, guitarist Richard Evans, joined Friday and singer Guggi in a mostly-intact Virgin Prunes reunion (the group broke up in 1987). Their overlapping vocal harangue in "Sweethome Under White Clouds," with JG Thirwell of Foetus guesting as a third voice, sounded like the Beastie Boys at the End of Days. [Rolling Stone]

A list of all the songs U2 members played on, more reviews and videos from the show, including the "Jean Genie" encore, below...

Gavin Friday & Friends (U2) "The Jean Genie"

U2, Gavin Friday and Friends = Jean Jeanie

Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Bono, Gavin Friday - October 4, 2009

U2, Courtney Love, Lou Reed - Gavin Friday's Birthday- Sweet Jane

Lady Gaga rendition of Poker Face at Carnegie Hall


U2 Live at Gavin Friday's Birthday Concert - King of Trash - October 4, 2009

"When Spinner spoke to Friday last week, he discounted the possibility of a Prunes reunion, saying, "I don't believe in going back." Apparently, taking the Carnegie Hall stage changed that. After a sweetly nervous intro by Love, who recalled seeing the Prunes in their heyday and how they had "so much sex, snarl, and raw power" that she had her "ass handed to [her] that night by the Prunes," Friday and his former bandmate Guggi joined guest JG Thirwell to display all of those attributes with a sultry 'Caucasian Walk' that turned Carnegie Hall into a gilded CBGB's." [Spinner]
The songs featuring members of U2 were:
1. Children Of The Revolution (Bono and Edge with Gavin Friday)
2. I Want To Live (All four U2 members with Gavin Friday's musicians, but not Gavin)
3. King Of Trash (All four U2 members with Gavin Friday's musicians, but not Gavin)
4. Another Blow On The Bruise (Edge with Gavin Friday)
5. The Last Song I'll Ever Sing (Bono with Gavin Friday's musicians)
6. Sweet Jane (Edge and Larry with Lou Reed and Gavin Friday; Bono joins in at the end)
7. The Jean Genie (finale featuring all four U2 members with the night's other performers)

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Comments (27)

meh-sounding queef. They should tape this program then play it back non-stop for rapists in prison

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 4:12 PM

Great photos Aphrodite! We must have been sitting really close to each other. My shots are quite similar. Good on ya, mate!

Posted by according2g | October 5, 2009 4:17 PM

WTF is wrong with that Hole's lips. Or better yet, what the hell is that thing?!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 4:30 PM

Courtney love kinda looks like the grim reaper in that picture.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 4:43 PM

Absolutely incredible evening, but not for music hating idiots like Anon 4:17.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 4:57 PM

I would hit it x2 (courtney and scarlett)

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 5:16 PM

Shane McGowan amazed me last night - visibly drunk off his arse yet he did his songs perfectly AND corrected Gavin and Bono on the year Jean Genie came out.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 5:30 PM

The show was kind of shit. 3 and 1/2 hours long, only 1 hour of which was particularly enjoyable. The videos above make up basically 80% of what was worth watching at this show. Unfortunate given the talent involved, but the setlist was just terribly structured. Anytime the show would start to build up some energy Gavin would suck the life out of the place by singing 4 dreary cabaret ballads in a row.

Highlights:
Every time U2 hit the stage
Every time Shane McGowan hit the stage
Martha Wainright's performance
The Virgin Prunes "reunion"
Sweet Jane into The Jean Genie finale
and I suppose Lady Gaga's performance just for how weird and unexpected it was

The rest of the show was basically torture.

Posted by BK | October 5, 2009 6:28 PM

...and Courtney's performance was good too. Forgot about that one.

Posted by BK | October 5, 2009 6:38 PM

Hard to imagine how anyone can find any part of this show torture. Maybe you were expecting a U2 show. It was different than the usual benefit show in the way that everyone performing was somehow connected (other than Gaga maybe) and every performance made sense. The band including Bill Frisell and Jim White was brilliant. Joel Grey, Maria McKee, Antony, along with people mentioned above had magical performances. I am not expecting to see a better show this year.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 8:17 PM

who was the fellow with the opera trained voice that did the duet with Gavin ?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 9:36 PM

If you are talking about the big guy with glasses, that was Eric Mingus.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 10:14 PM

yes, Eric Mingus was amazing. son of Mr. Charles Mingus, y'know.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 10:58 PM

I just hired Courtney Love to be my building's scarecrow for this fall.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 11:25 PM

courtney love said whenever she eats hummus, all the weight goes to her lips.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 3:05 AM

Show was paced awful and made it quite shit. Scarlett has no place anywhere with her awful voice she needs to be murdered. Aaaaaand they should just shut down Carnegie Hall already, all it has is history, past that it's a small cramped venue with pretentious uppity staff. Don't act like you don't roll your eyes when at the end of every year they call and send an absurd amount of letters whining for donations running guilt trips over how no one is coming oh no we might shut down this year for real.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 3:42 AM

The downside of having $35 tickets is that dumbasses like 3:42AM can get into Carnegie Hall.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 4:07 AM

4:07 is a classist douche.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 6:40 AM

11:25 Now that was hilarious!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 8:59 AM

The show was a lot of fun, and Friday owned the stage, even though his more famous buddies were there. Actually U2 sounded very tentative most of the night: the other guests were much better. I guess u2 was weirded out by playing a venue like Carnegie Hall and not some hockey arena. Shane McGowan was the most rock and roll person onstage, giving the show a bit of danger.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 9:30 AM

The show was badly paced, but only because Friday would inevitably come out and bring everything to a grinding halt with his pretentious faux-Brecht schtick. When he dueted with female singers, he'd practically feel them up, it was so gross. And shame on Rolling Stone for calling Shane McGowan "cheerfully pickled" -- the man was a sad wreck and it wasn't cheerful at all.

Posted by Maldo | October 6, 2009 12:00 PM

Why is Courtney Love still on a stage? Does anyone give a shit about this talentless, money-grubbing piece of human filth?

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 12:32 PM

Maldo, it is obvious you don't know anything about Gavin Friday. You shove your strict opinion about what's appropriate behaviour between two friends from opposite sexes down our throats. I would suggest you start with listening to his lyrics if you are interested in getting an idea on what kind of a man he is.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 7:20 PM

One of the highlights of the show was the amazing voice of Eric Mingus--powerful and gut wrenching and then operatic and beautiful. Why did he not even get a mention anywhere--shameful!

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 11:23 PM

It must be nice to have a friend like Bono, who will remember that you had a dream of playing Carnegie Hall before you turn 50, so just before you hit the big 5-O he arranges for you to star in a concert at Carnegie Hall. He calls up a bunch of famous pals, convinces his own band to play, lines up some of the best, hippest musicians in New York City as the house band, and drapes it all in the banner of a benefit. It's kind of like Citizen Kane, when Kane builds an entire opera house for his untalented wife to sing in because she can't get a gig anywhere else. It was almost painful to watch Friday strut and preen as if he'd actually sold out the house under his own steam — when in fact people just wanted to see Bono.

Posted by Maldo | October 7, 2009 1:08 PM

October 6, 2009 12:32 PM: You obviously either didn't know or have forgotten that Hole had 3 critically acclaimed albums in the 90s. Their first album, Pretty on the Inside, was a favorite of indie critics. Maybe you need to double-check your rock history before stating biased opinions as facts.

Posted by Sarah Smith | October 8, 2009 1:28 PM

Been almost 2 years now! Still blown away, Friday at his cabaret best, maybe again this fall for Catholic? Do it Gavin!

Posted by Jimitits | September 3, 2011 5:42 PM

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