The annual Tibet House benefit at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night
The annual Tibet House benefit at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night included unforgettable performances by Laurie Anderson, Phoebe Bridgers, Matt Berninger of the National, Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, Bettye LaVette, Killing Eve actress Sandra Oh and Margo Price. But things kicked into a whole new gear when the night wrapped up with Tibet House regulars Iggy Pop and Patti Smith.
Iggy played “We Are the People” (written by Lou Reed) alongside Laurie Anderson from his new LP Free before ripping off his sports coat and breaking into the 1969 Stooges classic “I Wanna Be Your Dog” accompanied only by string musicians. He didn’t stage dive as he did at the 2010 Tibet House show, but it was still a completely unique take on the proto-punk classic.
Smith came out next and reminisced about the final days of Allen Ginsberg’s life, which inspired her 1997 song “Don’t Say Nothing.” She hadn’t played it live since 2011, but she broke it out for this special occasion. Prior to that, she performed her Kurt Cobain-inspired song “About a Boy” that she dedicated to the late Nirvana frontman. It was her first time playing it since 2014.
Recently the Czech guitarist and producer – known for his work with Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and Blondie – has sadly died after a battle with cancer, according to his wife Cindy Hudson.
The news was confirmed by The Flowers of Hell composer Greg Jarvis – who posted a statement from Cindy on Twitter – as he revealed Ivan had passed away at his home in Michigan on Sunday (02.02.20).
Greg – who collaborated with Kral in the past – tweeted: ”It’s with a heavy heart that at the request of Ivan Kral’s wife I distribute this news of his passing today.”