As many of you know, the annual Tibetan Freedom Concert was hit with tradegy last night. Here is the official statement from www.tibet98.com:
The first day of this year’s Tibetan Freedom Concert was halted at approximately 3:40 PM EST today, following performances by Money Mark, Mutabaruka, Live, Dave Matthews, KRS-One, Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters, and speakers Palden Gyatso and Wei Jingshen.
Four concert-goers were transported to D.C. General Hospital after suffering injuries due to a sudden electrical storm. Two suffered minor injuries, and two remain hospitalized. The condition of the latter two is unknown at press time. All the families of the injured concert-goers have been notified.
Tracy Chapman, Sonic Youth, R.E.M., Radiohead and Beck were forced to cancel their performances. While Chapman and Beck were unable to re-schedule, Sonic Youth, R.E.M. and Radiohead will perform on the second day of the concert (Sunday, June 14th).
Concert Spokesperson Erin Potts has issued the following statement: “Our thoughts and best wishes are with the injured concertgoers. The Tibetan monks and nuns in attendance began praying for them immediately. We would like to thank the D.C. Fire and Police Departments, the paramedics, security and the entire concert staff for their quick and efficient response.
Radiohead didn’t let their fans down. They had a surprise gig for the first 800 people who showed up with saturday’s ticket stubs at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. Rumor has it that Pulp opened up with 3 or 4 songs. Radiohead were joined by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe on Lucky, in which Michael sang the lead vocals.
Radiohead returned to RFK Stadium and played to the eager crowd. Michael joined them again for Lucky. I will include the setlists later.
Thom joined R.E.M. during their set. He sang Be Mine and also provided Patti Smith’s part in E-Bow the Letter.
Both bands will be part of the march on the capitol lawn on Monday.
phew. more stuff later.