Not surprisingly, it was a fun, fun, fun, fun, fun time. In addition to the presence of Patti Smith, members of the National, the Drepung Gomang monks, and others, there was a special surprise for modern music fans. As Rolling Stone reports, Tuesday night’s gala concert at Carnegie Hall included a performance by the reformed classic band New Order. Sort of, that is: “The band onstage was billed as New Order, but it was really just the group’s guitarist Bernard Sumner with Jay Dee Daugherty of the Patti Smith Group on drums, Iggy Pop on lead vocals, Philip Glass on the piano and a four-piece string section.” Watch Iggy join New Order’s Bernard Sumner for a version of Joy Division’s classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” below. (And, after the jump, watch Patti Smith’s gorgeous performance of Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.”)
But, there was a serious side to the proceedings, of course. Tibet House director Robert Thurman reminded the crowd why they had all gathered: “Today, the state of Tibet is simply hellish. The last and greatest dictatorship on Earth has mistakenly decided that their only way to keep the vast, rich territory of Tibet is to crush the will of the people.” The Tibet House concerts are meant to raise funds and awareness for Tibet House’s mission. You can read all about that mission here; or make an online donation here.