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:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share our beloved psychedelic renegade Mick Rock has made the Jungian journey to the other side. Those who had the pleasure of existing in his orbit, know that Mick was always so much more than ’The Man Who Shot The 70s.’ He was a photographic poet — a true force of nature who spent his days doing exactly what he loved, always in his own delightfully outrageous way.
The stars seemed to effortlessly align for Mick when he was behind the camera; feeding off of the unique charisma of his subjects electrified and energized him. His intent always intense. His focus always total. A man fascinated with image, he absorbed visual beings through his lens and immersed himself in their art, thus creating some of the most magnificent photographs rock music has ever seen. To know Mick was to love him. He was a mythical creature; the likes of which we shall never experience again.
Let us not mourn the loss, but instead, celebrate the fabulous life and extraordinary career of Michael David Rock. While you do so in your own way, we must ask that the privacy of his nearest and dearest be respected at this time. Therefore, there will be no further comments.
Photo: Nathalie Rock