Iggy Pop, FKA twigs, Sharon Jones, Gogol Bordello, Basia Bulat & more played the Tibet House benefit (pics, video)
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Iggy & Sharon Jones / FKA twigs / Gogol Bordello / big finish
Carnegie Hall is not exactly known for wild crowds, but Iggy Pop got people on the feet and running down the aisles with a cover of "Jean Genie." "There's probably not anyone in the audience who doesn't know that was a David Bowie song," Iggy rightly remarked, saying he did it not just as a tribute to his friend and collaborator, but "it's also just a cool song and you want to do it whenever you can."
This was the annual Tibet House Benefit Concert, which has been going since the '80s, and happened last night. Iggy headlined the show and finished the evening with "Tonight," Bowie's duet with Tina Turner. Here Sharon Jones took Turner's spot and by the end of the song, almost everyone who had been on the stage earlier in the night were back out for this. (FKA twigs and her band were the only ones missing.) Pop's four song set began with two spoken word pieces: "I Talked to a Smart Guy" featuring backing by Philip Glass (the host for the evening), harpist Lavinia Meijer and Gambian kora player Foday Muso Suso; and an ode to his parents, "Mom and Dad Are Gone," which was set to a Philip Glass piece performed by Scorchio Quartet. Video of both Bowie songs are below.
Iggy was the standout of the night, of course, but far from the only highlight. FKA twigs gave a much different performance than her Brooklyn shows last year, playing with a small but talented band who gave her more of a rock feel (and still plenty of her modern dance stylings); Sharon Jones, backed by Patti Smith's band, exuded charisma with an electric three-song set (catch her this summer in Prospect Park); and Gogol Bordello was only slightly less raucous in pared-down acoustic form. There was also Tibetan singer Dechen Shak-Dagsay who sang, with backing from Patti Smith's band, the "Black Tar Mantra," and a short opening set by Basia Bulat who was also joined by Meijer for "Someday Soon."
Lots more pictures from the 2016 Tibet House Benefit Concert, and those Iggy Pop videos, below...
Foday Musa Soso
Dechen Shak Dagsay