Friday 23 March 2018

Iggy Pop plays Tibet culture gig

Iggy Pop performed at New York's Carnegie Hall
Iggy Pop performed at New York's Carnegie Hall

Iggy Pop and Regina Spektor were among the performers at a benefit concert for Tibetan culture.

The pair rocked New York's Carnegie Hall at the 20th Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House US, a non-profit organisation charged with preserving Tibetan culture.

An avid fan of Tibetan art since his teen years, Iggy claimed the world could not afford to lose it, saying: "[Tibetans have] been getting kind of a bum deal for like 50, 60 years now ... sort of losing their spot on Earth."

Regina, who was born in the former Soviet Union and later immigrated to the Bronx, said her familiarity with hardship makes her sensitive to the Tibetan people.

"I'm all about protecting people's heritage," she said. "Any place that is kind of in danger of losing their culture or being oppressed and not being able to practise their religion just feels to me very close."

The Patti Smith Band helped close out the night with the punk classic Gloria. At the end of her set, she introduced a soon-to-be-shirtless Iggy, who dived right into his 1970s hit, Passenger.

The concert closed with a group performance of Patti's People Have The Power.

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