The seventh annual Love Rocks NYC profit live performance happened Thursday evening on the historic Beacon Theater and featured performances by James Taylor, St. Vincent, the John Mayer Trio, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Warren Haynes, Gary Clark Jr. and extra.
Along with authentic music, highlights included St. Vincent protecting David Bowie‘s “Younger People,” Wainwright and Russell performing the Beatles‘ “Throughout the Universe,” Crow (who additionally performed “You have Obtained a Pal” with Taylor) protecting the Rolling Stones‘ “Reside With Me,” and Benatar and Giraldo protecting Johnny Cash‘s “Ring of Fireplace.”
You’ll be able to see images from the live performance under.
Performers took the stage backed by the Will Lee-led home band comprised of Michael Bearden, Larry Campbell, Steve Gadd, Eric Krasno, Pedrito Martinez and Shawn Pelton, with further assist from Paul Shaffer, Ivan Neville and Jimmy Vivino. Stephen Colbert, Andy Cohen, Chevy Chase (who carried out a Invoice Evans music on the piano with the home band), Phoebe Robinson, Gina Gershon, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris made appearances, too.
This yr’s present featured a reunion of the John Mayer Trio, which had not carried out collectively in six years. Along with guitarist and singer Mayer, the group consists of bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan, who not too long ago made headlines for serving as Charlie Watts‘ substitute within the Rolling Stones.
There have been additionally musical tributes to a number of late musicians. Haynes carried out a canopy of David Crosby‘s “Virtually Minimize My Hair,” noting that the final time he noticed Crosby was on the Beacon Theater stage; Russell carried out a canopy of Christine McVie‘s “Do not Cease.” “Each girl on this stage is strolling in her footsteps,” she stated. On the finish of the present, all of the performers appeared for a bunch rendition of Jeff Beck‘s model of “People Get Ready.”
Proceeds from the occasion, which was additionally livestreamed, benefitted the nonprofit meals supply charity God’s Love We Deliver, which was based in 1985 through the AIDS epidemic. This yr’s present raised greater than $3.5 million.
The group goals to “enhance the well being and well-being of individuals residing with HIV/AIDS, most cancers and different severe diseases by assuaging starvation and malnutrition.” The inaugural Love Rocks live performance happened in 2017 and has raised over $20 million so far. Earlier performers have included Keith Richards, Joe Walsh, Robert Plant, Jon Bon Jovi, Jackson Browne, Joe Bonamassa and Billy Gibbons.
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That includes appearances by James Taylor, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and plenty of extra.