ELLIOTT SMITH REMEMBERED AT SPECIAL LA SHOW

Beck and Beth Orton are among those paying tribute to the tragic singer/songwriter...

Hundreds of fans turned out in LOS ANGELES last night (November 3) to celebrate the life and music of singer/songwriter Elliott Smith.

Nearly 900 fans packed the Music Box at the Fonda Theater on Hollywood Boulevard to see artists including Beck, Elliott Smith and Rilo Kiley perform a selection of Elliott Smith songs as well as some of their own in honour of the man, who died last month (October 21) from a self-inflicted knife wound. Many were visibly moved by the performances, rushing outside the theatre, wiping tears from their eyes.

Elliott Smith himself played the venue in February of this year and most artists took to the stage the same way he did, with simply a guitar, chair and microphone. Some of the evening’s early highlights included John Doe’s take on ‘Rose Parade’ and the Radar Brothers rendition of ‘Between the Bars’.

Later Rilo Kiley, who opened for Elliott Smith at his February gig, took on ‘The Biggest Lie’.

“He was a great inspiration to us,” guitarist Blake Sennet told the crowd.

Beck took the stage to the biggest cheer. “I’m really happy to have this chance to pay tribute to Elliott Smith and his incredible music,” he said before performing ‘Clementine’.

Elliott Smith rounded off the musical portion of the benefit in aid of The Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. “So this is a celebration of Elliott Smith’s life,” she said to the crowd. “I didn’t really know Elliott Smith as a person …I’m doing this more for what he’s leaving behind.” She performed three songs including ‘No Name #3’ and her own track ‘What We Begin’, which was inspired by her own friend who committed suicide last year, she said.

The evening rounded off with the screening of Steve Hanft’s documentary film ‘Strange Parallel’, aboutElliott Smith.

The entire show, which also featured performances from The 88, Tim Burgess, and Papa M, was recorded for a forthcoming tribute CD.

This weekend the Matt Groening-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties LA, a show Elliott Smith was due to play at, takes place and it’s just been announced the Sunday (November 9) show will feature another tribute to Elliott Smith.