Jay-Z, Coldplay, Nas, and Drake Had to Work on New Year’s Eve
Watch the performances — and Phish covering Sabbath
That New Year’s Eve hangover may have faded, but we’re still piecing together bits of the night’s oversize celebrations. Across the country, artists rang in 2013 with concerts covered in confetti, performances packed with guest appearances, and, in the case of Phish, a pretty sweet Black Sabbath cover.
For their final set in a four-night residency at Madison Square Garden, the now-30-year-old Vermont jam band closed things out with a (relatively) upbeat rendition of the heavy metal icons’ “Iron Man.” Of course, that was after Trey Anastasio and co. marked midnight with a guitar solo-happy version of “Auld Lang Syne” while ladies dressed in skimpy golf gear danced and threw golf balls around the stage (via Antiquiet). Check out videos of both below.
Over in New York’s other major sports arena, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Coldplay and Jay-Z shared the bill for a 40-song night. As Xclusives Zone points out, Coldplay started the night off with old favorites (scroll down to see “The Scientist” sing-along) and newer standards, including Mylo Xyloto’s “Paradise”. Hova — a partial owner of the Barclays’ NBA home team, the Brooklyn Nets — helped Chris Martin out by picking up the mic for Coldplay’s “Lost+” before kicking off his own 25-song show, with an audience-inclusive “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” and “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.”
Nas donned a white tuxedo for his Radio City Music Hall show, which featured several cuts from Best Hip-Hop Album of 2012 honoree Life Is Good. Head down to watch the Queens-bred rapper run through “Daughters,” “Bye Baby,” “Cherry Wine,” and It Was Written’s “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).”
Drake took care to host a number of special guests for his concert at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau. The Toronto MC brought T.I. onstage to perform Trouble Man track “Ball” and King highlight “What You Know,” and called on Busta Rhymes and French Montana to fill out the set. Drake also laid down his verse from A$AP Rocky’s all-star single “Fuckin’ Problems'” but sadly, A$AP, Kendrick Lamar, and 2 Chainz were not there for a proper live version. Oh well — that’s something to hope for next year.