Sufjan Stevens and Patti Smith Band perform Star Spangled Banner

News from Pitchfork this morning: “Last night, Sufjan Stevens performed at Tibet House’s 30th annual benefit concert, which doubled as a celebration of Philip Glass’s 80th birthday. He joined the Patti Smith Band to perform his version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “My prayer is that we begin to move our hearts, our minds, our bodies in the direction of love, wisdom, and common sense,” he said, by way of introduction. “Until then, we’d like to sing a theme song for this present darkness.” Watch video below. Stevens also performed “Happy Birthday Song,” and joined Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Tibetan monks, and many more for “People Have the Power”—watch that here. 

Also last night, Iggy Pop did “She’s Lost Control” and more with New Order, and Glass himself played with Alabama Shakes and Patti Smith.”

You can watch the clip over at Pitchfork here

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