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Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks and Gary Clark Jr. were among the guitarists who turned out for a concert to benefit the hungry on March 9 at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
Titled The Love Rocks NYC! A Change Is Gonna Come: Celebrating Songs of Peace, Love and Hope, the concert was spearheaded by fashion designer John Varvatos and real estate broker Greg Williamson. The show raised $1.5 million for the non-profit organization God’s Love We Deliver, which for 31 years has provided nutritious meals to people who are too sick to cook for themselves.
Among the guests for the evening was actor Bill Murray. Though not listed on among the show’s performers, Murray showed up and served as surprise emcee.
Highlights of the concert included Gary Clark Jr. and William Bell reprising their cover of “Born Under a Bad Sign,” which they performed at this year’s Grammy Award ceremony, and Jackson Browne performing the Bob Dylan staple “I Shall Be Released” with singer Michael McDonald and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
The standout moment came when many of the night’s performers joined together for a rendition of the Beatles classic “With a Little Help from My Friends,” performed in the style of Joe Cocker, who had a major hit with the song in 1969. Among those onstage for the song were Gibbons, Clark, Tedeschi, Haynes, Trucks, Murray and Sam Moore of the soul vocal duo Sam & Dave.
You can watch the clips for “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “I Shall Be Released” below.