Lana Del Rey is currently touring to support her latest album Norman Fucking Rockwell! and she pulled out some major blasts from the past during her Berkeley, Calif., stop at the Greek Theatre on Sunday night.
Incessant screams greeted special guest No. 1 of the evening — Joan Baez — to the stage. Before performing her No. 35-charting hit from 1975 “Diamonds & Rust,” Baez told the crowd about her dinner with her granddaughter and Del Rey the night before.
“So my granddaughter, who doesn’t get impressed very much, had dinner with us last night, with Lana,” she recalled. “… And she just said, ‘Gosh, she’s so nice! She’s so down to earth! She’s a real person!’”
The 78-year-old Americana artist showed off her robust vocals, while Del Rey cut in with her signature soft singing that floated above Baez’s in harmony. As she stripped her guitar off her chest, Baez asked if she “was up to the task” of giving one last performance. The crowd’s applause answered for her, as a stagehand brought back the instrument (at the command of Del Rey) for her solo poignant cover of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.”
“You can tell a lot by the kind of company a person keeps,” Cohen said about Del Rey’s steadily cheering fan base. “You guys with this incredible artist. Seriously.”
The audience settled down at the cue of Cohen’s tender guitar-plucking and Del Rey’s low, ethereal voice. Cohen’s verse invited laughter when he chuckled after the line, “You told me again, you preferred handsome men.” But the following lyric — “But for me you would make an exception” — was met with roaring approval. The “I need you / I don’t need you” chorus amplified in a crescendo of their unified voices before billowing applause broke out again.
Watch both performances below.