Guests Keeping Bright Eyes Fresh In New York
When you book seven nights at New York's famed Town Hall, you're bound to have some friends show up.When you book seven nights at New York's famed Town Hall, you're bound to have some friends show up. Indeed, Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst has already wrangled Lou Reed, Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis and Ben Kweller for guest turns, and last night (May 29), Norah Jones and the Willies emerged three-quarters through the show to play a short set of their own.
Jones and company treated the crowd to their countrified versions of "Love Me" and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," before collaborating with Oberst on "We Are Nowhere and It's Now." Jones' presence seemed to revive the visibly tired Oberst. During "I Believe in Symmetry," Oberst's mic stand was accidentally knocked over, prompting him to finish the song lying down on stage. He continued to shout the lyrics into the mic while still playing the guitar.
New York hasn't been the only place for collaborations on this tour. Openers Gillian Welch and David Rawlings have been contributing guitar and backing vocals during Bright Eyes' set, and a common encore has been a full band version of the Welch-penned tune, "Look At Miss Ohio."
Last night's version added the Little Willies, with Jones backing on vocals, before the entire stage segued into Neil Young's "Helpless," with Welch, Jones and Oberst trading lead vocal duties. Bright Eyes continues the sold-out Town Hall run tonight.