Hal Wilner

Picture Show: XXI Annual Tibet House Benefit – R.E.M., Roots, Patti Smith and Flaming Lips

This past Thursday night the stars came out at Carnegie Hall for the XXI Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert.  Curated by Tibet House Vice President Philip Glass, the night included a beautiful duet with Taj Mahal and his daughter Deva, The Roots delivering a fantastic cover of Neil Young’s Down by the River with a stirring outro of Hendrix’s Hey Joe and Philip Glass soloing on piano with The Flaming Lips for Do You Realize.


R.E.M. fans got a special treat as Michael Stipe performed Every Day is Yours to Win for the first time live and went into full story behind Saturn Returns. Patti Smith then led her band in covers of the Youngbloods’ Get Together and Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away. The night ended with all the participants joining on stage together for a rousing People Have the Power as Patti Smith reminded the assembled that as people have risen up for their rights in Egypt, Libya and Wisconsin it can happen everywhere.

James McCartney: Angel, Old Man*

Angelique Kidjo: Malaika, Africa

Tenzin Choegyal: Snow Line, Hi Chung

Jesse Smith, Michael Campbell & Patti Smith: Springtime

Angelique Kidjo & the Roots: Move On Up!

The Roots & Taj Mahal: Why Did You Have to Desert Me?

The Roots: Down by the River*

Taj Mahal & Deva Mahal: Lovin’ in My Baby’s Eyes

Taj Mahal: Blues with a Feeling

Philip Glass & Hal Wilner: Roosevelt After Inauguration

Michael Stipe: Saturn Returns, Every Day is Yours to Win**

The Flaming Lips: Feeling Yourself Disintegrate, Do You Realize***

Patti Smith: Get Together, Not Fade Away

All (group finale): People Have the Power

*Neil Young Cover

**First Time Played

*** w/ Philip Glass on piano


READ ON for a full gallery of Jeremy’s Tibet House Benefit photos…

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