Last night, after catching up on “Dexter,” the better half and I flipped on the 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit concert. We came in at the end of the Bon Jovi set, and witnessed the Jersey-gasm all over the stage. I was reminded that I still believe the Stones and The Who are overrated, and while Clapton is still Clapton, someone needs to at least make all aging rockers dress age appropriately. At a bare minimum, they have to agree to keep all clothing on, and shirts need to remain buttoned.
Sometime between Alicia Keys babbling, while playing the same keys through three “songs,” and Kanye West sounding the portion of my brain that loves fantasy baseball and football became engaged. I love these kinds of shows. It might be what America does best: We know how to throw a party to raise money in the wake of horrible tragedy. But I wasn’t thrilled with all the acts. So if I was able to organize my own benefit show, and disturbingly enough, I imagined it being for New York City and in the Garden, I started to think about who I would want. In true fantasy style, there needs to be some kind of stats, so the best I could come up with was picking 3-5 songs for each act. As an added degree of difficulty, I also wanted to pick who would introduce the various acts.
Without further ado (how come no one ever adds ado?) The 11-22 Show:
The show opens with Jon Stewart, who introduces The Fugees.
Fugees play: Ready Or Not, Fu-Gee-La, The Score, How Many Mics and No Woman No Cry.
Lewis Black introduces the Dave Matthews Band.
DMB plays: So Much to Say, Ants Marching, Cry Freedom, Stay and Tripping Billies.
Jimmy Kimmel then introduces OAR.
OAR Plays: This Town, Love and Memories, Heard the World, and I Feel Home.
Dave Chappelle introduces the Wu-Tang Clan.
Wu-Tang plays: Da Mystery of Chessboxin’, CREAM and Protect Ya Neck.
Russell Brand introduces Ryan Adams.
Ryan plays: New York-New York, Lucky Now, Come Home, Everybody Knows and Gonna Make You Love Me
Jimmy Fallon introduces Justin Timberlake. Obviously, right?
Justin plays: SexyBack, My Love, Rock Your Body and Senorita.
Jonah Hill introduces Mumford & Sons.
Mumford plays: I Will Wait, The Cave, Roll Away Your Stone, and Little Lion Man.
Chris Rock introduces Beyonce.
Beyonce plays: Ring the Alarm, Single Ladies and brings out Jay-Z for Crazy In Love
Jay Z stays and plays: 99 Problems, Never Change, Thank You and Empire State of Mind.
Louis CK introduces Billy Joel.
Billy plays: Miami 2017, Piano Man, and Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, The Downeaster “Alexa,” and of course, New York State of Mind.
The playlist is already available on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/user/hirp/playlist/3QCxahj94qnd6z1yQZebYA