This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the “Change Begins Within” benefit concert with headliners Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Radio City Hall in NYC.  The show featured performances by Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Paul Horn, Moby, Ben Harper and others.  There were even some unannounced people on stage such as Mike Love (who became teary eyed while reflecting about their famous 1968 trip to India), Jerry Seinfeld, and Howard Stern.

There were some really cool performances during the opening acts, such as Eddie Vedder’s experimental performance of “Arc”, as well as his collaboration with Ben Harper for a cover of the Queen/David Bowie song “Under Pressure”.  But for me, the key moment of night was when Paul McCartney introduced Ringo as the one and only “Billy Sheers” for a side by side performance of “With A Little Help From My Friends”.  McCartney performed one of his typical sets, although it was a bit short.  The only unusual song was “Cosmically Conscious”, a song he wrote while in India during 1968.

The setlist:

  • Drive My Car
  • Jet
  • Got to Get You Into My Life
  • Let It Be
  • Lady Madonna
  • Blackbird

  • Here Today
  • Band on the Run
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • With a Little Help From My Friends (with Ringo at mic with Paul)

    Encore

  • Cosmically
    Conscious(with Ringo on drums)
  • I Saw Her
    Standing There (with Ringo on drums and Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Donovan,
    Moby, Sheryl Crow and Bettye LaVette and other artists singing backing vocals)

Afterwards, my friends and I headed out to a pub to finish out the night with a few drinks.  Matt’s uncle joined us and offered let us crash at his apartment near Central Park for the night.  This led to another eventful day, but I’ll post about that tomorrow.

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Written by Sean Henri