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.”
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.
Watch Pop’s performances below.