The star thanks hiphop fans for giving him and fellow surprise guests Michael Stipe and Bono a "rousing" reception...
As revealed on NME.COM yesterday (October 30), all three teamed up at the event to make a short, surprise appearance. Stipe and Moby took the stage unannounced while concertgoers awaited the headlining Beastie Boys, all three of whom had already appeared on stage separately to introduce speakers throughout the evening. Wild cheers erupted as fans quickly recognised the two bald stars, Moby sitting down with an acoustic guitar to accompany the REM frontman for a moving cover of the Velvet Underground‘s ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’.
The duo followed up the song with a rendition of Neil Young‘s ‘Helpless’, only to have near-hysteria descend on the venue as Bono, also unannounced, strode out from backstage halfway into the number, bearing a makeshift sign echoing the song’s title.
He wrote: “So last night at the Beastie Boys non-violence benefit concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom I performed a song with Michael Stipe and then a song with Michael and Bono.
“I had been concerned that people were going to throw stuff at us because we were performing 2 very quiet and delicate acoustic songs in the middle of what was, ostensibly, a hip-hop concert.
“But people didn’t pelt us with garbage, they actually gave us a very rousing reception, which is very much a testament to the open-mindedness of Beastie Boys fans. So thanks to the Beasties for inviting us to perform, and thanks to Michael and Bono for being such good sports and having such beautiful voices.”
Proceeds from both shows will go to disaster relief funds established by the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) and the New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) in the wake of the September 11 attacks.