Florence and the Machine are Back

Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concerts have grown accustomed to seeing amazing lineups over the decades,  R.E.M., David Bowie, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Metallica. This year one of the headliners was Florence and the Machine.  They haven’t played a US show since last November and they were sorely missed.  Watch below.

“Dog Days Are Over”:

“Cosmic Love”:

“Heartlines”:

“What the Water Gave Me”:

“Only If For a Night”:

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This Day in Music History — October 23

1966 : The Yardbirds, in their first concert featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar, open at San Francisco’s Fillmore West.

1995 : Former Selena fan club president Yolanda Saldivar is convicted of murdering the Tejano star outside a Texas motel on March 31, 1995. The jury deliberated only 2 1/2 hours before handing down their guilty verdict.

2001 : R.E.M. plays a surprise show at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan.

2001 : Katy Perry releases her self-titled debut gospel album under her real name, Katy Hudson.

2005 : Rapper Cam’ron is shot during an early morning carjacking attempt in Washington, D.C. Two men pull alongside Cam’ron’s 2006 Lamborghini and open fire while the artist is stopped at a traffic light at New York and New Jersey avenues. He is hit by one bullet, which travels through one of his arms and into the other. He drives himself to Howard University Hospital for treatment.

2010 : Katy Perry and Russell Brand marry in Rajasthan, India.

This Day in Music History — October 9

1940 : John Winston Lennon is born in Liverpool, England. The “Winston” comes from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill – John would later add “Ono” to his middle name in honor of Yoko.

1962 : The BBC refuses to play the Bobby “Boris” Pickett Halloween hit Monster Mash on grounds that it is too morbid and tasteless.

1964 : The Rolling Stones cancel an upcoming South African tour when the British Musicians Union declares an embargo of the country due to their apartheid polices.

2001 : U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and electronica maven Moby make unannounced appearances in New York, at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.

This Day in Music History — September 21

1968 : Janis Joplin announces her upcoming departure from her band Big Brother & the Holding Company, which observant listeners had decried as too amateurish for her talents.

1980 : Bob Marley, who had refused treatment for a spreading melanoma due to his religious beliefs, collapses while jogging in New York’s Central Park and is hospitalized. Two nights later he performs the next date on his North American tour, the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, but it sadly proves to be his last.

2004 : Cat Stevens, known as Yusuf Islam since the late Seventies, is stopped from entering the US after his name is erroneously found on a terrorism watch list.

2011 : R.E.M. announce that they’re calling it quits after more than 30 years. In a post on their website, the band members write, “To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.”