Sunday night at Carnegie Hall in New York City, U2, Courtney Love, Scarlett Johansson, Antony Hegarty, Rufus Wainwright, and surprise guests like Lou Reed and Lady Gaga came together to celebrate the 50th birthday of Gavin Friday, solo singer/songwriter, actor, painter, and onetime frontman of Irish band the Virgin Prunes. The event doubled as a fundraiser for (RED), a charity that helps fights AIDS in Africa.
During the three-hour concert each artist covered one of Friday's songs. "This is going to be one interesting night," Bono said, introducing Friday, a childhood pal who grew up on the same Dublin street. Gaga -- introduced by the U2 frontman as "at the top of the pop game" -- performed a brand new song written especially for the show.
Vince Staples is hardly the ingratiating type. “Don’t shake my hands unless you passing payment,” instructs the redoubtable young’un on “C.M.B.,” a paean to ruthlessly mercenary, Randian capitalism. “Keep your salutation / I need my 40 acres.” This ice-grilling Left Coaster is more Mack 10 than Myka 9, a verbal marksman who refuses to placate… More »