Entries tagged with: Jimmy Fallon
Gogol Bordello on 'Fallon'
Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello are releasing their new album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, next week and, as discussed, they'll bring their tour in support of it to NYC for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (7/23) on the day of the album's release. Support at the show comes from A Tribe Called Red, who just produced a new Angel Haze song and were nominated for the Polaris Prize shortlist.
Around that time, they'll also be doing some in-stores in the NYC-area. The first of those happens on Monday (7/22) at one of NJ's greatest record stores, Vintage Vinyl, where we caught Queens of the Stone Age last month. If you pre-order Gogol's new album from Vintage VInyl, you'll get a wristband to gain entry to the performance. They'll also perform in NYC, not a a record store but at the SoHo Urban Outfitters ( on Broadway (7/23), 1 PM) the day of the MHOW show.
In other news, if you haven't heard Pura Vida Conspiracy yet, you can stream it at Pitchfork. And the band just appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform the album's track, "Lost Innocent World." Check out a video of that performance and an updated list of dates, below...
Preservation Hall Jazz Band at GoogaMooga 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Surrounding the release of their new album, That's It (stream it), My Morning Jacket collaborators Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be doing a week-long residency with "surprise special guests" at McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More. The residency kicks off tonight (7/7), and continues every night through Saturday (7/13). Tickets, which include a copy of the new album, for each night are available.
The band were also initially supposed to play the legendary Apollo Theatre (7/11) this week too, but that show has been rescheduled for November 16. Tickets for that show are available, and all tickets purchased for 7/11 will be honored.
They're also going to be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week, performing as the musical guest on July 8. And, members of the band will appear with house band The Roots on the July 9 episode, for which Mudhoney will be the musical guest.
All PHJB dates are listed below...
photos by Jonathon Bernstein; words by Bill Pearis
CHVRCHES / Still Corners @ Webster Hall, 6/17/2013
Scottish synthpop trio CHVRCHES just blew through town for two sold-out shows, playing Webster Hall on Monday (6/17) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (6/18), both of which were with tourmates Still Corners. The band did a 12-song set -- likely the bulk of their fortcoming debut LP, due in September -- plus their standard encore cover of Prince's "I Would Die 4 U." Pictures from Webster Hall are in this post.
After their two shows, CHVRCHES stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform their hit "The Mother We Share" and you can watch video of that below. Also last night, Still Corners played a terrific headlining set at Mercury Lounge with openers Imperial Topaz.
CHVRCHES will be at Firefly Music Festival in Delaware on Saturday, and while they're there, you can also watch us interview them live at 1PM on the Soundwave Stage where they'll return to DJ later that day before playing their festival set. To be more specific, their day looks like this:
CHVURCHES @ Firefly Fest 2013CHVRCHES also just announced a fall tour. Probably no surprise that their NYC date on it is at Terminal 5, happening on September 22, which is two days before their album comes out. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale June 26 at noon with the general on-sale starting June 28 at noon.
1:00 - live interview with BrooklynVegan @ Soundwave Stage
4:00 - Hype Machine DJ set @ Soundwave Stage
5:45 - live set on The BackYard Stage
All CHVRCHES tour dates are listed, along with Fallon performance video and more pictures from Webster Hall, below.
The National at Mercury Lounge last month (more by Sarah Gainer)
Youth Lagoon @ Bell House last month (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Lotte Anker @ Barbes
* Rakim @ Red Hook Park
* Patti Smith @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bugs in the Dark, Gung @ Muchmore's
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Big Terrific Comedy Show @ Cameo Gallery
* Walter Jones, Jacuzzihidive @ Cameo Gallery
* Dither, Lorna Dune, Philip White @ Silent Barn
* The National, Youth Lagoon @ Barclays Center
* World's End Press, Selebrities @ Mercury Lounge
* Cristina Pato and The Migrations Band @ Joe's Pub
* Chimneys, Malcolm, eskimeaux, Told Slant @ Big Snow
* The Mountain Goats, The Baptist Generals @ Maxwell's
* Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman Quartet @ The Stone
* Hard Nips, Potty Mouth, Leda, Pretty Greens @ Cake Shop
* Dave Alvin and The Guilty Ones, Sarah Borges @ City Winery
* St. Paul and The Broken Bones, James Bay @ Mercury Lounge
* Liam McEneaney, Rob Paravonian, Janeane Garofalo @ Union Hall
* Grandchildren, Conveyor, Francisco The Man, Strange Shapes @ Pianos
* Yellowbirds, Alecia Chakour, Freddie Stevenson @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Chains of Love, Guyanna Ross & The Supremes, The Veda Reys @ Knitting Factory
* Shellshag, 50 Million, Apogee Sound Club, Extra Feeler, Lilith Vector @ Death By Audio
* So So Apropos, Lora Faye, Wilsen, St. Claire, Sami.The.Great, Kiddo, Basinger @ Spike Hill
* Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation, Magrudergrind, Black Anvil @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Secret History, French Films, Hints, DJ Kip Berman (of Pains of Being Pure at Heart) @ Glasslands
Tonight's the kickoff of the 2013 season of Celebrate Brooklyn! in Prospect Park with a free show by Patty Griffin. Gates open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 8:15 PM.
This evening is also your last chance to catch Finland's French Films who play Glasslands with NYC indie poppers The Secret History. Hints also play and Kip Berman of Pains of Being Pure at Heart is DJing. Tickets are still available.
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Deerhoof just released a video for "Breakup Songs" which is from last year's similarly titled Breakup Song album. You can watch it below.
Disclosure, whose excellent debut LP is out this week, appeared on "Jools Holland" last night to perform their track "Latch" with Sam Smith. Check out a video of that below.
Another one of the big breakout UK groups of the year, Savages, also appeared on late night TV last night, making their network debut on "Fallon." They played "She Will" and a web exclusive of "City's Full," both of which you can watch below.
Broken Social Scene at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene will be coming to NYC this week to perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (6/6), and they'll be performing with collaborator/sometimes BSS member Feist. They'll be playing the song "Almost Crimes" from You Forgot It In People, which Feist sings on.
After that, Feist will hang around NYC to play Governors Ball, which goes down on Randall's Island 6/7-9) this weekend (she plays on the Friday at 6:45 PM). Single day tickets for Governors Ball are still available.
Meanwhile, Broken Social Scene will be heading back to Toronto (and after Governors Ball, Feist will too) for FIeld Trip Music & Arts Festival, which happens on Saturday (6/8), and is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Arts & Crafts, the label BSS is signed to and which was co-founded by BSS member Kevin Drew. In addition to being the tenth anniversary of Arts & Crafts, it's also the tenth anniversary of Broken Social Scene's breakthrough record, You Forgot It In People and it's been announced that the band will be performing the album in full at Field Trip. A short note from Kevin Drew about playing the album was posted to Field Trip's site. Tickets for the festival are still available.
Gold & Youth
Vancouver electropop band Gold & Youth, who also play Field Trip, will kick off a North American tour after the festival. That tour brings Gold & Youth to NYC for a show on June 22 at Cameo with Superhumanoids and Gossamer. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Gold & Youth released their hook-filled debut album, Beyond Wilderness, this past May. It was produced by Colin Stewart (New Pornographers, Pretty girls Make Graves) and should appeal to fans of fellow Canadians Austra, Diamond Rings and TRUST. You can stream the album in its entirety, album with the video for its single, "Jewel," below.
by Andrew Sacher
Philly neo-soul singer Bilal returned this year with his highly accessible and slightly psychedelic new album, A Love Surreal, which came out this past February. He celebrated it in NYC with a "nearly packed" release show at Highline Ballroom that month, and earlier this May he kicked off the album's world tour. That tour brings him back to NYC for a show at SOB's on June 9. Tickets for the SOB's show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Last week (5/14), Bilal performed with The Roots (who he's collaborated with before) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, playing a cover of Steely Dan's "Black Cow." You can check out that video, the music video for A Love Surreal single "Back to Love," the tour trailer, and tour flyer, below...
The Flaming Lips, who continue their NYC-area adventure with a show at Wellmont Theater in NJ tonight (5/16) followed by an early Friday gig for GoogaMooga in Prospect Park, played Fallon last night. Watch the performance that aired, the web exclusive (a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes"), and Wayne Coyne playing Pictionary with Jimmy, Julie Bowen, and Demi Lovato, below...
As Jimmy Fallon will take over The Tonight Show next year (and moving it back to NYC at rumored), the Late Night slot will go to current SNL "Weekend Update" anchor Seth Meyers, reports the New York Times:
In an interview before taking the stage on Saturday's edition of "SNL," Mr. Meyers said: "Working at 'SNL' requires 100 percent of your mental capacity -- on easy weeks. And so I had not really spent a lot of time thinking about what I was going to do next. Obviously I can't quit Lorne. So this seems like a pretty good deal that I have an opportunity to keep working with him."Lorne Michaels will produce both The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, which will make their debut sometime around the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
Vampire Weekend were on this past weekend's SNL. This Saturday (5/18) is the season finale with host Ben Afleck and musical guest Kanye West.
by Bill Pearis
Johnny Marr @ Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Guitar legend Johnny Marr is currently in NYC for two sold-out tour stops -- tonight (5/2) at Irving Plaza and Friday (5/3) at Music Hall of Williamsburg -- and last night he stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform live. On the show he performed the title track to his new solo album, The Messenger. But then for the online exlusive, he and his band pulled out The Smiths' classic "How Soon is Now?" (aka "the indie Stairway to Heaven"). Marr is one of my heroes, and I love the Smiths as much as any sane person does, but it's a little strange (but not really so) to see him sing Morrissey's lyrics. I didn't watch his Coachella performances and wasn't expecting him to do any Smiths songs at all. He does a pretty good job though, and it's a thrill to watch him play those riffs for sure.
In fact he's also been playing a lot of Smiths on this tour: "Bigmouth Strikes Again," "London," "Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before" and "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out," in addition to "Getting Away with It," "Get the Message" and "Forbidden City" which he wrote with Bernard Sumner for Electronic. So expect trips down Memory Lane if you're catching him live.
Meanwhile check out those Fallon videos below.
by Bill Pearis
As mentioned, Deerhunter will release their new album, Monomania, on May 7. The title track has just been released for streaming and it's definitely on the grittier side than anything we've heard from them lately. Not sure if the song is in mono or not, but the "mania" part comes across loud and clear. Listen below.
Bradford Cox, looking very much like a late '70s New York punk, and the rest of the band stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (4/2) to perform "Monomania" which took the track in some new directions -- like into the studio's hallway. You can watch that below too.
Spiritualized @ Emo's East in Austin, June 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Mykki Blanco @ BVSXSW 2013 (more by Amannda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Mat Shipp Trio @ The Stone
* Here Lies Love @ Public Theatre
* Spiritualized @ Secret Project Robot
* Doug Benson @ The Gramercy Theatre
* Ryan Keberle and Catharsis @ Joe's Pub
* The Black Crowes @ The Capitol Theatre
* Andy Grammar, Parachute @ Irving Plaza
* Sarah Wolfson and Mischa Bouvier @ Barbes
* Spacehog @ Housing Works Cafe & Bookstore
* Flume, Eprom, JDH @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Rhett Miller (of Old 97's), Joe Pernice @ City Winery
* Superhumanoids, We Barbarians @ Mercury Lounge
* Haerts, Gentleman Hall, Future Screens @ Cameo Gallery
* Justin Miller, Future Classics DJs, JDH (DJs) @ Glasslands
* Mykki Blanco, DJ MikeQ, Rizzla, Ian Isiah @ Bowery Ballroom
* Loma Prieta, Goodtime Boys, Descender, Crushed @ Saint Vitus
* Historics, Light Heat, Geprgoa, Matt Werth (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Elephant Stone, Data Romance, Spirit Animal, Desert Stars @ Pianos
* Kings, Flashpoint, Sarah Goldfeather, Lily Henley @ Pete's Candy Store
* The Fleeting Ends, Leslie Diamond, Cleveland Jones @ The Living Room
* Theologian, Compactor, Explosive Improvised Device, Lussuria @ Silent Barn
* Deb Oh and The Cavaliers, The Old Ghost, I Am Lightyear, DJ Pumpkin Patch @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Yo-Yo Ma, Lil Buck, Brooklyn Rider, Cristina Pato, Marcus Printup, John Hadfield, Ron Myles @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Jessi Klein (of SNL), Alex Karpovski (of Girls), Jake and Amir (of College Humor), Savoir Adore (musical guest) @ UCB East
The new musical of Here Lies Love, which explores the life of former Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos, with concept and lyrics by David Byrne and music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, receives its world premiere at the Public Theater in New York City tonight. Performances of the piece, directed by Alex Timbers of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher fame, will take place at the Public's LuEsther Theater and, originally scheduled to run to May 5, have been extended through May 19. The original run of Here Lies Love is a co-production of the Public Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which gave preview performances of the production last spring.Tonight's premiere of Here Lies Love, and the rest of its initial Public Theatre run, is sold out but tickets are still available for the May 6 - 19 extended dates.
Flume's show at Music Hall of Willliamsburg is sold out, but you can still get tickets to the afterparty which happens at Glasslands with DJ sets from Justin Miller, Future Classics, and JDH. Doors at midnight.
There were many years there when people just couldnt even figure out what drummer Alex Van Halen was playing at the beginning of the Van Halen classic "Hot for Teacher." Leave it to some random six-year old kid on the internet to figure it out. Video is below.
Janelle Monáe was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night and performed a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" with the Roots. You can watch that below.
Sigur Ros at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sigur Ros returned last year with Valtari after a four-year hiatus, and it looks like they've got no plans to stop again anytime soon, because the band have announced that Valtari's followup will be out this year. The new album is called Kveikur and it comes out on June 18 via their new label home, XL Recordings. Along with the album announcement came the video for its first single, "Brennisteinn," which you can watch below. They've also recently been playing other new material live, and some videos of those performances are below.
Sigur Ros are also touring extensively and will be in NYC very soon for a previously discussed huge show happening on March 25 at Madison Square Garden with Tim Hecker (tickets are still available). They'll also be in NYC tonight (3/22) to perform a new song on Fallon. Plus, anyone who bought tickets for their US tour get a free digital EP with three new songs.
Updated Sigur Ros dates are listed, along with those live videos, below...
The Grin & The Chin
After 40 years on the left coast, The Tonight Show is reportedly on its way back to NYC:
A plan is in the works to bring NBC's "Tonight" show back to New York.The plan is to bring the show back to the East Coast by Fall 2014 at the latest, pending the resignation of Jay Leno and his subsequent second thoughts, naturally. NBC has already started work on a new studio in 30 Rockefeller Plaza which is part of an overhaul of the building being done by
While the network has yet to complete a deal, it has made a commitment to Jimmy Fallon, the current host of its "Late Night" program, to have him succeed Jay Leno as the next host of "Tonight,'' according to several senior television executives involved in the decision. The show would move from Burbank, Calif., back to New York, where it first started in 1954 with Steve Allen as host. -[NY Times]
JT on 'Fallon' last night
Maybe no surprise but tickets sold out quick this morning to Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z July 19 Yankee Stadium date on their "Legends of Summer Tour." (You might be able to still grab a single ticket, but we couldn't pull up two or more.) It may also not surprise you to learn that they've added a second Yankee Stadium show the next day (7/20). Tickets to that show go on sale Monday, March 18 at 10 AM. Updated dates are below.
In other news, Timberlake is on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon all week and last night performed "Pusher Love" from his upcoming The 20/20 Experience (which you can stream on iTunes). Video of that is below.
Prince on 'Jimmy Fallon'
The Purple One (aka Prince) blessed NYC and the world at large with a performance on Friday (3/1) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing the previously discussed new track "Screwdriver" as well as his 1979 track "Bambi". Check out video of both below. Both songs are available for purchase via Prince directly.
As mentioned, Prince will be paid tribute by names like The Roots, Elvis Costello and more over two sold-out nights in NYC, one officially at Carnegie Hall on March 7 and one "rehearsal" at City Winery on March 6th.
D'Angelo, who will perform the Carnegie Hall tribute, also plays Brooklyn Bowl tonight with Questlove (3/4, sold out).
Will Prince make an appearance at any of these shows? Prince.org at least confirms Prince will be in attendance at Carnegie.
Head below for video of Prince Rogers Nelson ripping through two tracks.
UMO/Foxygen at Austin's Mohawk (more by Tim Griffin)
Jagjaguwar labelmates Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Foxygen are about two weeks into their tour together that will swing into NYC on Thursday (2/28) for a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom with fellow tourmates Wampire. All three bands hit Texas' state capital last week and BV Austin's Tim Griffin was there and got some great shots (as you can see above) and you can check out more of his pics HERE.
Foxygen will play NYC again at Knitting Factory on May 14 and Mercury Lounge on May 15. Both shows are sold out.
Yesterday (2/25) was an off night for the tour and Unknown Mortal Orchestra took advantage of that by making their television debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing "So Good At Being In Trouble." You can watch that clip below.
As mentioned, Justin Timberlake is releasing The 20/20 Experience, his first album since 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds, on March 19 via RCA. You've already seen the music video and some live performances of the first single, "Suit & Tie," which features Jay-Z, and heard the second single, "Mirrors." But if you need a refresher, both of those songs and the album's tracklist are below. That's the cover art above.
JT also just announced that he'll be supporting the album with a tour with Jay-Z, who in addition to guesting on "Suit & Tie," has performed it with him at all of JT's one-offs this year. That tour is a huge stadium tour dubbed the "Legends of the Summer" tour and it hits NYC on July 19 at Yankee Stadium. All dates are listed below. All shows go on sale February 28, except the Yankee Stadium date, for which ticket info has not been announced yet. More specific info on tickets and presales is HERE.
Justin will be in NYC sooner than that though, to host and be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on March 9 and appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon from March 11 to 15. Maybe we'll get another one of those random one-offs to warm up for Yankee Stadium while he's here?
A list of all dates, song stream, video, and album tracklist below...
photos by Tracy Allison
Local Natives @ Bowery Ballroom, 2/3/2013
Local Natives completed up their three-night, sold-out NYC run on Sunday (2/3) at Bowery Ballroom, their second straight night at the venue. (Friday they played MHOW.) Both Bowery shows featured an opening set from We Barbarians, and pictures from Sunday's show, plus Local Natives' setlist, are in this post.
If you missed Local Natives' three NYC shows, you can still stream Friday's MHOW show at Bowery Presents' YouTube page. Additionally, the band will perform "Heavy Feet" live tonight (2/5) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, so set your DVRs. Their next local show is Governors Ball in June.
More pictures from Sunday's Bowery show below...
As also mentioned, Jim is stopping by the McKittrick Hotel on 2/20 to play a set in conjunction with the popular show "Sleep No More". Though originally listed as sold out, $162.50 tickets are on sale now. If you just want to see "Sleep No More" though, tickets are actually much cheaper normally.
Bob Mould just debuted his new video for "Star Machine," which is from last year's loud and highly-enjoyable LP, The Silver Age. The video was filmed at Cake Shop and was directed by Jon Glaser who you may know from Delocated or, most recently, HBO's Girls (he was Laird, the junkie). What starts as a fun "bring your kids to work" day turns sour when drummer Jon Wurster brings marrital problems instead. Watch it below.
Bob and the band will be in NYC next month when his tour hits Bowery Ballroom on February 26 and 27 and tickets are still available. The band will stick around to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on February 28 to perform "Star Machine." Bob also just announced a few new tour dates and those are listed below.
photos by Ryan Muir
Jessie Ware @ Highline Ballroom, 1/16/2012
Jessie Ware is currently touring the US. She stopped in NYC last night (1/16) for her first of two shows here, the MTV '2013 Artists to Watch' show at Highline Ballroom with Zedd, Twenty One Pilots, and Glassnote-signed Robert DeLong. Accompanied only by an acoustic guitarist, Jessie only played four songs much to the disappointment of those there just to see her, though it seemed like most the crowd was there for Twenty One Pilots and Zedd. Pictures from the show are in this post.
Before her Highline show, Jessie taped an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performing "Wildest Moments" with The Roots which aired last night. Those watching the serious performance would never know how silly Jessie can be when left with time for stage banter. Video of that is also below.
More pictures from last night plus the Fallon video below...
The Soft Moon @ 285 Kent, October 2011 (more by Erez Avissar)
* Uri Caine @ The Stone
* Writer, Census @ Pianos
* Diane Birch @ City Winery
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Noche Flamenca @ Joe's Pub
* Momenta Quartet @ The Stone
* Ben Holmes Quartet @ Barbes
* The London Souls @ Bowery Ballroom
* Napoleon, Spires, Swimming @ Big Snow
* The Soft Moon, Majical Cloudz @ Mercury Lounge
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ McKittrick Hotel
* Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments @ Joe's Pub
* Julian Lynch, Andrew Cedermark, Cassie Ramone @ Glasslands
* Leland Sundries, Ruby Rae, Olivia Mancini & The Mates @ Cake Shop
* Kria Brekkan, Aaron Roche, Gabrielle Herbst & Swoon Shop @ Silent Barn
* Lazy Talkers, Ace Reporter, Shit Show, Bears In A Temple For Midgets @ Cameo Gallery
* Mancie, Paper Doll, Tori Sparks, Alyson Greenfield, DJ Alex Flash @ Knitting Factory
* Pat Kiernan's New Year's Resolutions Ultimate Pop Culture Trivia Night @ Highline Ballroom
* Beginnings w/ Erika Forster & Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone), Molly Crabapple, Josh Patten @ UCBEast
* Soldiers of Fortune, Frankie Teardrop, Erin Durant, Ramsden @ Death By Audio
This month's edition of Beginnings at UCB East features Erika Forster & Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone), SNL writer Josh Patten and Molly Crabapple (DC Comics) talking about how they got their start in show biz. Don't forget Erika plays solo at 285 Kent on Thursday (1/10) with Class Actress.
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ERAAS just released a video for their track "Ghost," which is from their 2012 debut album. You can watch it below.
Sky Ferreira made her late night TV debut on Fallon last night (1/7) when she performed "Everything is Embarrassing." You can watch the video of that performance below.
by Andrew Sacher
Paulvana (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.
Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.
Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."
But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Videos and setlist from last night are below...
The Stones setup @ Barclays Center (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
The Rolling Stones are playing Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight (did you get a ticket?), and as wished/hoped/rumored, they were in fact added to the much-scalped Hurricane Sandy Benefit happening at Madison Square Garden on 12/12, a show that will be very "widely distributed"...
The producers of "12-12-12" announced today that the concert at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012, at 7:30 PM (ET) to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy, will have unprecedented and historic global distribution, similar to that of the Superbowl, the Academy Awards®, and the Grammys®.The Stones join the all-star line-up that already included Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney.
Nearly 2 billion people worldwide will be able to access "12-12-12" on television, radio and the internet. The concert, presented by Chase, will be available to all 114 million television households in the US and to more than 400 million television households outside the country via networks and feeds in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Further elevating this event to its historic levels of distribution is live streaming on the largest online video services in the world, including YouTube, AOL, Yahoo, Hulu, and others. Combined, these video streaming services reach over 1.4 billion monthly unique users worldwide.
In addition, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, with its 239 million monthly listeners and more than 48 million monthly digital uniques, will broadcast the concert live on its radio stations across the country, and will also video stream live on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio service, and across the websites and Facebook pages of its 850 stations.
AND: "A new list of celebrity presenters was also released today, including Steve Buscemi, Jessica Chastain, Chelsea Clinton, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Leo DiCaprio, Jimmy Fallon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Karlie Kloss, Seth Meyers, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, Jon Stewart, Kristen Stewart, Quentin Tarantino, and Brian Williams."
The Rolling Stones' two NJ shows happen right after MSG.
Tanlines at Webster Hall - 11/29/12 (via Olivia Overall)
NYC synth pop band Tanlines (who made Kurt Braunohler's year-end list headlined their largest hometown show yet on November 29 at Webster Hall with Supreme Cuts (who made FACT's year-end list) and Jim E-Stack. They also just appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night (12/6) to perform "All of Me" off of their 2012 LP, Mixed Emotions. You can check out a video of that performance below.