TIBET IN TROUBLE – TIBET HOUSE BENEFIT CONCERT
Trouble in Tibet. 26th Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert held at Carnegie Hall on February 22, 2016 in New York City gives sense of hope. Special thanks to Philip Glass, Robert Thurman and all other artists and patrons who support Tibet House.
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Dechen Shak-Dagsay, Basia Bulat, Foday Musa Suso, Sharon Jones, Philip Glass, Iggy Pop and Eugene Hutz perform onstage at the 26th Annual Tibet House U.S. benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 22, 2016 in New York City.
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The annual Tibet House Benefit Concert — a genre-spanning, cross-cultural charity show at Carnegie Hall that raises money for the non-profit Tibetan cultural institution — is frequently host to various unexpected pairings. Just last year, for instance, the event saw Patti Smith and Miley Cyrus singing together on the same stage.
The 2016 edition, which took place last night (Feb. 23) at Carnegie Hall, featured an equally stark contrast in performers — only this time, those artists happened to occupy the same body.
Both Iggy Pop — mercurial madman and proto punk’s prowling panther — and James Osterberg, the 68-year-old Michigan-born man whose body frequently hosts the spirit of the Stooges frontman, performed at the event.
Following scorching performances from slinky soul powerhouse Sharon Jones (backed by the Patti Smith Group) and a dead-waking set of Gypsy punk from Gogol Bordello — additionally, FKA Twigs’ two songs and nimble choreography kept Carnegie Hall enraptured in hushed awe — Pop took the stage to end the evening with a one-two punch David Bowie tribute.
When he kicked into “Jean Genie” (also backed by Patti Smith Group), one overzealous fan rushed the stage and started a one-woman mosh pit to the glam rock classic. While security contained the spontaneous outbreak of excitement — de rigueur for a Stooges show but perhaps not Carnegie caliber behavior — during “Genie,” they couldn’t stop the crowd when Pop’s second Bowie tribute sent dozens to the front row.
Singing “Tonight” — which Pop co-wrote with Bowie for Lust for Life and Bowie later covered on his Tonight album as a duet with Tina Turner