Iggy Pop has covered two works of his late, legendary friend David Bowie for a fundraising gig at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Pop performed “The Jean Genie” with members of the Patti Smith Group and “Tonight” (a song co-written by the pair and recorded separately by each artist) with Sharon Jones at the Philip Glass-curated Tibet House Benefit Concert, which benefits the organization’s goals of preserving Tibetan culture.
Pop introduced “Tonight” as a “wonderful, elegant song with a deceptively simple lyric. And I think it’s the right lyric for right now and for tonight.”
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Pop and Bowie lived together, worked together and inspired one another to great creative heights in the 1970s. When Bowie died Jan. 10 after a battle with cancer, Pop remarked that Bowie “resurrected me. The friendship was basically that this guy salvaged me from certain professional and maybe personal annihilation — simple as that.”
Bowie himself performed twice at the Tibet House Benefit Concert in the past. “He actually changed his schedule to have a rehearsal before the regular rehearsal — he’s the only one who did that. It’s gotten to be a big responsibility but it’s also a lot of fun,” Glass recalled in a recent interview with Billboard.
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The likes of Gogol Bordello and FKA Twigs joined the legendary composer for Monday night’s show as well.
Watch Pop’s performances below.