Artists against the war: Rufus, what do you have to say?

March 21, 2006

Wow, anti-war concerts are still happening. Are the 60s back? Hmm, no I guess not. Rolling Stone reported anti-war concert that happened last night featuring Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes, Steve Earle, Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner, Moby, Peaches and Devendra Banhart. Yeah, it’s not the 60s. The article gives an overview of who sang what, but as you can imagine, I’m curious to know what Rufus sang.

Striking a completely different note, operatic singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright also inspired the audience — even though he forgot the words to his tune “11:11” and la la la-ed his way through. With expected melodrama, smoke filled the stage and lights illuminated the crowd during a sing-a-long on his gospel tune “Hallelujah.” Wainwright’s mother Kate McGarrigle played piano as he belted out Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” — changing the closing lyrics to “Where troubles melt like lemon drops/Away from Bush and Cheney/That’s where you’ll find me.”

Rufus, you’ve got a LOT of music to memorize by June. Let’s not start having memory lapses with music YOU wrote!

by Professor Lex Drewinski, Germany

Professor Lex Drewinski, Germany

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