The Collaboration

“I’d like to now bring out on stage…”  When I’m at shows those words always get me excited about which possible artist is waiting in the wings ready to step forward.  Sometimes, even if the names don’t earn an audible gasp (i.e. Beyonce or Bruce Springsteen) it can still be very cool.

Last week at Dawes’ homecoming show, Tom Petty & The Heartbreaker’s Benmont Tench sat in on keyboards for the songs “Time Spent In Los Angeles” and “Fire Away“.  He contributed to the record so it was great to actually hear that, oh so very familiar keyboard sound played live.   Earlier in the evening, Jody Stephens drummer for 70’s cult rock faves Big Star sat in to play a version of “The Ballad of El Goodo“.  The song is so wonderful and it’s those magical moments that can only happen at a live setting.

Unfortunately, I can’t find any video footage from that show so here’s video of Dawes “When My Time Comes” with Mumford and Sons for the World Cafe’ 20th Anniversary show.

Here’s a bonus one for you that I love.  Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen sitting in with the Foo Fighters .

And speaking of Dave Grohl and collaborations,  I suggest you go to the Walt Disney Hall tonight to see a salute to Bob Mould which will feature Dave of The Foo Fighters as well Ryan Adams, members of The Hold Steady, Best Coast and Spoon.  It should be EPIC!

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