Performances by David Bowie, Moby, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, Emmylou Harris, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, and a surprise appearance by Dave Matthews highlighted the 13th annual Tibet House Benefit, held last night (Feb. 26) at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The event raises funds for the New York-based organization, which is dedicated to the preservation of Tibet’s cultural and spiritual heritage.
On the eve of the release of his band’s new RCA album “Everyday,” Matthews hit the Carnegie Hall stage fresh from taping a performance just down the street at “The Late Show With David Letterman.” He delivered a striking solo rendition of “The Stone,” from 1998’s “Before These Crowded Streets,” as well as the new album’s title track, marking just the second time it had been played live. Matthews then stuck around to conjure gorgeous vocal harmonies with Emmylou Harris on the latter’s “My Antonia.”
David Bowie powered through his late ’70s classic “Heroes” with a backing band for the ages: composer and event host Philip Glass on piano, Moby on guitar, a four-piece string section, and longtime collaborator Tony Visconti on bass. He followed it with the elegant rocker “Silly Boy Blue,” which he said had not been performed in more than 30 years.
Other highlights included a mesmerizing set by Pakistani vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Natalie Merchant unveiling the new song “Three Wishes” on solo piano, and Moby’s “Porcelain,” backed by violinist Martha Mooke.