Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, James Taylor Top Sting’s Rainforest Benefit Concert. John Mellencamp, Shaggy, Eurythmics and H.E.R.
It was such a hot night at the Beacon Theater last night that Bruce Springsteen actually cut a song because the night was running too long.
But it was the set by the Eurythmics– Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart– that catalyzed the room. They broke up officially in 1990, and have played together rarely since then. The duo offered, as Downey said, a “trifecta of hits” that included “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” “Would I Lie to You,” and “Here Comes the Rain Again.” Lennox’s voice is richer and deeper than ever. Stewart’s guitar soared and he remained happily enigmatic. They were sensational. (Their last performance was 2014, for the Beatles TV special on CBS.)
Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and John Mellencamp performed with Sting at the 30th annual Rainforest Fund benefit concert. Hosted by Robert Downey Jr., the event is set to take place at New York’s Beacon Theater on December 9th. (Rolling Stone)
Named “We’ll Be Together” after a 1987 Sting single, the lineup also features Shaggy, Eurythmics, H.E.R., Ricky Martin, Bob Geldof and MJ Rodriguez. Benefit Level tickets start at $1,000; remaining tickets will be available on November 1st via Ticketmaster.
Founded in 1989 by Sting and his wife Trudie Styler, the Rainforest Fund aims to protect the world’s rainforests and defend the human rights of the indigenous peoples who live there. “With the Amazon blighted by fire this summer, and a real and growing awareness of climate change, there has never been a more important or more opportune moment to fight to protect our forests,” Styler said in a statement. “All life on earth depends on their survival.
In the interview, Springsteen said he is going to focus on making “new music” and “rock music,” but also hinted that he may not yet be ready to part with what he started on Broadway.(Variety)
“There’s other projects to take up my time,” he said. “I am looking forward to doing some other things and at some point I will probably get back to this, or something like it, in the future because it was such an enjoyable format to work in.”
The show, he said, was an extension of his ability to “address and communicate” with his audience, and he plans to use the show as a template in the future. “It will find its purpose somewhere down the road,” he said.
lsewhere in the interview, Springsteen praised Zimny for his directorial choices, including the choice to not show the audience until midway through the show, and to shoot the production in close-up. One particular shot of seeing the venue from Springsteen’s perspective, Zimny explained, “gives you the sense that this is not a stadium show.”
“It’s all the correct choices made behind the scenes that you don’t see that make the film what it is,” Springsteen said. “And that is why when people mention that you don’t see the audience and you don’t see the camera move, you are just completely focused on the performance. That is all a part of Thom’s mastery and I thank him for it.”
Listen to the full interview here.