Brandi Carlile closed out a personal best year with one final surprise during her “New Year’s Eve Party” at Portland’s Moda Center on Dec. 31, as Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein joined her for a cover of Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”
According to Setlist.fm, the night was a feast of cover takes, in addition to Carlile’s original material. Among the picks were Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Radiohead’s “Creep,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is a Place on Earth,” Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” The latter was included on Carlile’s 2022 release In the Canyon Haze, a bonus disc that accompanied the re-release of her 2021 album In These Silent Days. See fan-filmed vides of some of the performances below.
During the show, Carlile also played Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” recalling the moment in July when she helped bring the folk legend back to the stage at the Newport Folk Festival. The two friends will team up again June 9-10 for a pair of shows at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash.
Earlier this year, Carlile wowed during the Grammy telecast in April (where she earned five nominations), helped Elton John close out his final American show in November, and was the musical guest for one of Saturday Night Live’s final shows of the season in December.
Carlile is nominated in categories for the 2023 Grammy Awards and will head out on tour with P!nk for several dates this summer.
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