Iggy Pop, Regina Spektor, Patti Smith rock Tibet Benefit

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    On Friday night, Iggy Pop, Regina Spektor, Patti Smith, Gogol Bordello, Philip Glass, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, Tenzin Kunsel, and Pierce Turner, as well as some Tibetan monks, took to Carnegie Hall in New York, NY for the the 20th Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House U.S.. For the past twenty years, the annual concert has assembled some of the biggest names in music and offers audiences a mix of unprecedented musical collaborations and solo offerings, all in hopes of benefiting the Tibet House and preserving the country’s culture.

    Traditional chants by monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery opened the concert. Iggy, Spektor, Gogol Bordello, and Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew would follow, each playing three selections. However, as Billboard notes, it was 5-year-old Tenzin Kunsel, a Tibetan refugee who moved to the United States in 2003, who stole the show. She performed a Tibetan aria, backed by the Patti Smith Band. Speaking of Smith, the legendary singer/songwriter helped close out the evening with performances of both “Gloria” and “People Have the Power”. You can find the complete setlist below.

    CoS contributing photographer Jeremy Gordon was there to capture some of the evening’s images:



    Tibetan Monks

    Phillip Glass


    Robert Thurman

    Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew
    Dark Temple
    Love Somebody

    Phillip Glass
    Etude #10
    The Chase

    Pierce Turner
    Yogi with a Broken Heart

    Those Strings
    Quantum for Quarter

    Tenzin Kunsel
    Zapa Lhamo Phuti
    Phayul Drenlu

    Regina Spektor
    Apres Moi
    The Sword and the Pen
    Laughing With

    Gogol Bordello
    Universes Collide
    Sun is on My Side
    Pala Tute

    Patti Smith
    Blakean Year
    Southern Cross
    Love Train

    House Band
    People Who Died

    Iggy Pop

    The Passenger
    The Mass Production
    I Want To Be Your Dog

    People Have the Power