UPROXX: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Played Live Together For The First Time In Years, David Bowie And Prince Covers Were Involved
- April 26, 2016
Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock, the documentary on legendary rock photographer Mick Rock — who’s known for iconic shots of Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen and many more — had its premiere last night (4/22) during the Tribeca Film Festival. There was an afterparty at the Dream Downtown hotel in downtown Manhattan (set between the Meatpacking District and Chelsea) which had live performances, including the first Yeah Yeah Yeahs show since they went on “a bit of a hiatus.” (Their last hometown show was at Barclays Center in 2013.) They played some YYYs stuff of course, and also worked Bowie and VU covers into their set for the occasion.
Other performers included Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz, TV on the Radio, Marky Ramone, Sky Ferreira and Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark. Mick Rock himself was in attendance, as was Debbie Harry, NYC nightlife staple Nur Khan (who presented the afterparty) and many more. Click here for pics and clips from the show: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/yeah-yeah-yeahs-played-their-first-show-in-years-at-the-mick-rock-doc-afterparty-pics-videos/
Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been on “a bit of a hiatus” since the release of Mosquito in 2013. “We have to wait to get the urge, get that itch,” Karen O told NME in 2014. “The time needs to be right and we’re OK waiting for that, I think.” Well, the time was apparently right last night, because Yeah Yeah Yeahs reunited at NYC’s Dream Hotel to play an afterparty celebrating the premiere of rock photographer Mick Rock’s new documentary Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra Of Rock, as Rolling Stone reports. Rock’s photos have graced the covers of albums like Lou Reed’s Transformer and the Ramones’ End Of The Century, and he served as David Bowie’s official photographer in the 1970s, so it makes sense that Yeah Yeah Yeahs teamed up with TV On The Radio’s Jaleel Bunton and keyboardist Money Mark to kick off the evening with covers of Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream” and Reed’s “Perfect Day.” Karen O and Nick Zinner also performed the Ramones’ “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” without drummer Brian Chase, who was replaced by Marky Ramone. Watch some clips from the show here:
Yeah Yeah Yeahs have played their first set since December 2014 at a New York gig celebrating Mick Rock, the British photographer renowned for his shots of rock stars including Mick Jagger and David Bowie.
Rock is releasing a new documentary, ‘Shot!: The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock’, which premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film is directed by British director Barney Clay, husband of Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O.
As reported by Rolling Stone, at the premiere’s afterparty at Dream Downtown, Karen O joined up with Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmates Nick Zinner and Brian Chase, plus Money Mark and TV on the Radio’s Jaleel Bunton. They covered Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’ and Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’.
Click here for clips: http://www.nme.com/news/yeah-yeah-yeahs/93181
Rock’s images adorn the covers of some of rock & roll’s most celebrated albums, including Lou Reed’s Transformer, the Stooges’ Raw Power and Queen’s Queen II. He’s also earned renown as a video director, helming iconic clips for David Bowie that include “Life on Mars?” “Space Oddity” and “The Jean Genie.”
So it was no surprise that for the film’s afterparty, a rotating cavalcade of rock vocalists performed a raw, nearly all-covers set of songs by Reed, Bowie, the Ramones, Prince, Velvet Underground, Roxy Music and the Stooges.
David Bowie’s mercurial assortment of alter egos — from Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Sane to The Thin White Duke and the more recent Lazarus identity that posthumously inhabits Blackstar, his final album and first Billboard No. 1 — will be remembered just as much for their songs as their visages. No one captured Bowie’s unbridled devotion to his craft as poetically as Mick Rock, Bowie’s friend and official photographer between 1972-1973. (Mick Rock. The Rise of David Bowie is set to be published by Taschen next month.) Whether painting his face backstage or stomping around a stage in heels, in front of Rock’s camera, Bowie revealed himself as both an otherworldly man from mars and also completely down to earth. Here, Rock reflects on their historic partnership.
Here at VICE we’ve been feeling the loss of David Bowie pretty hard. Whether it’s wondering where we’d be without the man, extolling how he made the world a little safer for misfits and weirdos, or positing that he’s the reason we’re all here, it seems so many of us have been shaken in ways we are still grappling with.
Beyond sad. Difficult to absorb. Deeply moved. He was a sweet sweet soul. He went out with such a creative bang. Such a privilege to have known and worked with him. Such a remarkable man and artist. I loved him.
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