The Smashing Pumpkins just put out a new album, Monuments To An Elegy. The had a show at Koko in London on Friday night with a special guest Marilyn Manson. Manson came out during the encore to perform his new song “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” and join the band on “Ava Adore.” Manson told Gigwise that he had been rehearsing with the band all week, and that it was the first time he’d seen Billy Corgan in 15 years. (Last year, Manson told Larry King that Corgan was mad at him ever since he said it would be a good marketing idea “if [Corgan] sold Charlie Brown T-shirts and bald caps at concerts … He does look like Charlie Brown a little bit.”) Watch below.
Kanye West joined U2 (minus Bono), Carrie Underwood, Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin at a Time Square concert Monday to recognize World AIDS Day supporting (RED). Kanye delivered a nine-minute medley with some of his biggest hits, from “Power” to “Jesus Walks” to “Black Skinhead” to start.
“New York City, you are now rockin’ with Yeezus,” West announced to the excited audience.
He continued on with “Stronger” before a mixup that had his DJ playing the backing track too long, at which West had to tell him “Next song, you’re supposed to cut. We on TV,” before closing his set with “Touch the Sky.”
Watch it here:
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“Everyone in the room was in tears because that’s what she does to your heart,” Buddy Miller saidabout his first time seeing Mavis Staples perform at San Francisco’s The Fillmore in 1968. And indeed, 46 years later in a beautiful theater in Chicago, although it might have taken a while to get there, I imagine fans, family, and collaborators felt the same way during Mavis Staples’ 75th birthday tribute celebration.
Never forget Mavis Staples is an institution. She is a divine light, a musical matriarch, a force that—at the age of 75—inspires awe from fans a third of her age.
I had almost forgotten as I sat in hour three of her 75th birthday tribute show at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater. The theater is a glorious, old Chicago stunner that typically welcomes the likes of international symphony orchestras or the renowned Joffrey Ballet. Rock concerts are a rarity. But like the Joffrey and the symphony, Mavis is a cultural gem, a musical deity, whose music simultaneously uplifts and transcends the boundaries of age and race and genre.
The birthday show, featuring the eclectic likes of Emmylou Harris, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, and Bonnie Raitt, among others, was, at least at first, a disorganized and long-running mess. The very, very long list of performers began the show by playing only one song each. This could have been an interesting, worthwhile visual and musical challenge, but logistics made the set up more frustrating than enjoyable. The audience waited for long periods between each song, sometimes ten minutes. The frustration grew.
This unfortunately set the tone for part of the evening. If the organizers were not considerate enough to organize a real dedicated show, the audience would respond with a lack of consideration as well. Guests filed in and out of the traditionally more conservative and strict venue, making it difficult to pay attention to the acts.
The logistical difficulties highlighted the disparate lives of each performer and the rarity of the performance. Although I do not know for certain, the acts most likely had little time to rehearse for the show. Many such acts, like Win and Regine, were last minute additions.
Did they really fly all of these people out to perform just one song? Oh yes. Artists were willing and eager to pay tribute however they could, for really, just one song could never be enough. This is a woman whose musical influence can be felt in everything from gospel to country to R&B to rock.
And really, how often can one person claim to have seen Patty Griffin, Gregg Allman, and Jeff Tweedy all under the same roof? And so, in the end, the acts themselves were a dream. Each artist covered a different Mavis Staples or The Staple Singers song, at it was apparent in each performance how influential Mavis’ eclectic catalog is for contemporary music.
Joan Osbourne opened the evening with “You’re Driving Me (To The Arms of a Stranger).” It was a fitting choice coupled with Osbourne’s warm raspy vocals. As the show progressed each performer took to the stage and began sharing funny, quiet, and touching personal anecdotes.
As the evening progressed, the concert—which was also being filmed for a television special—felt more like an intimate session between musicians paying respect to another musician. The audience is some ways was inconsequential; these were private musical moments just being distributed, but not needing public consumption.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals were equally one of the strongest performers of the evening, paying dues to the traditional song structure of Bill Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands,” (a song The Staple Singers covered) with an eerie, homey organ piano. I was unfamiliar with Potter’s music, but her cover was sharp, concise and heartfelt.
Taj Mahal performed a surprising and stunning cover of the old Negro spiritual, “Wade in the Water.” The song is one I’ve grown up with as I imagine most Blacks with connections to the American South have too. The Staples Singers covered the tune in 1965. Despite their Chicago origins, the tune was also a Church standard and because they got their start in Gospel churches, it only makes sense.
I found myself on my feet, teary-eyed, overwhelmed by the memory of my childhood and the lives of my ancestors before me. The cover—and the song itself—is a reminder of how music spreads, how one song or one person can ripple across the country for decades to come. In tribute to Mavis’ live and career, it was more than fitting.
Eventually, Mavis herself took to the stage, performing vivacious, spirited, and loving songs with Raitt and Tweedy. And like the true queen she is, Mavis ultimately saved the show, making the audience jump to their feet, sing-a-long and shout words of encouragement all the way from the very far reaches of the theater’s balcony.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a lineup of this many soulful singers in one place,” Raitt said. As the latter half of the show progressed, Mavis joined groups of musicians. When joined on stage by Jeff and Spencer Tweedy, she referred to them as her son and grandson.
Mavis’ voice is not just soulful. It fills up missing spaces within you. It sounds nutritional, necessary. At the end of the night, after more than four hours, and ending performances of “I’ll Take You There” and a cover of “The Weight,” I left exhausted, but ultimately fulfilled and overjoyed. That much greatness is rare and precious. Only the true legends can make such magic a reality.
On Tuesday night, The Who held their annual Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In an evening jam-packed with guest stars, including Rush’s Geddy Lee, The Strypes, and Brody Dalle, the biggest attractions came in the form of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Oasis’ Liam Gallagher.
Below watch Gallagher and Vedder’s performances
Liam Gallagher – “My Generation”
Eddie Vedder – “Naked Eye”:
Eddie Vedder – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”:
Eddie Vedder & others – “Listening To You”:
Who knew Benji and Joel Madden wrote 5SOS’s Amnesia? Not me!
During the Greetings from California tour, The Madden Brothers performed Amnesia at their Melbourne Australia tour stop.
The Bros will be starting the US leg of their tour on November 17. Check out the cover below.
Two of the best voices in the game right now… Mind Blown! At a concert in Manchester’s Albert Hall Wednesday night, Sam Smith brought Ed Sheeran up on stage with him to sing “Stay With Me.” All of the feels were had.
“Dog Days Are Over”:
“What the Water Gave Me”:
“Only If For a Night”:
Last night (October 25th), Iggy Azalea was Saturday Night Live’s musical guest. She performed her new song “Beg for it” and teamed up with Rita Ora for “Black Widow.” Watch below.