On Feb. 17, the Tibet House US hosted their 34th annual Benefit Concert. However, due to COVID, the event was virtual for the first time in its history. The star-studded evening featured performances from artists such as Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Eddie Vedder, Annie Lennox, Phoebe Bridgers, Flaming Lips, Black Pumas, Brittany Howard and many more.
Iggy Pop began the night with a spoken-word performance of Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night.” Later in the evening, Phoebe Bridgers (making her second appearance in a row) teamed up with Philip Glass, Jackson Browne and the Scorchio Quartet for “Kyoto.” For his part, Eddie Vedder performed a solo ukulele version of “Can’t Keep,” while Annie Lennox performed “Cold” and “You Have Placed a Chill In My Heart.”
Other standout performances included Black Pumas’ “Colors,” Cage The Elephant’s “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” and The Flaming Lips’ “Flowers of Neptune.” Late in the evening, Patti Smith took the virtual stage with her daughter Jesse Paris Smith for “Wing.” After a message of gratitude from the 14th Dalai Lama and a performance of ‘Be The Sky’ from Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal and Saori Tsukado, Smith returned to the stage for a closing rendition of “People Have the Power.”