Watch: Watch Sufjan Stevens play ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the Patti Smith Band

Watch Sufjan Stevens play ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the Patti Smith Band

He called the classic “a theme song for this present darkness.”

Last night, the 30th annual benefit concert for non-profit organisation Tibet House took place at Carnegie Hall, which also doubled as the 80th birthday party for composer Philip Glass.

Sufjan Stevens was just one of the luminaries in attendance, and as well as playing ‘Happy Birthday Song,’ he was joined by none other than the Patti Smith Band to perform a rendition of ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’ Before playing, Sufjan said: “My prayer is that we begin to move our hearts, our minds, our bodies in the direction of love, wisdom, and common sense. Until then, we’d like to sing a theme song for this present darkness.”

Patti Smith had a busy evening, as she played again alongside Glass and Alabama Shakes. Meanwhile, Iggy Pop and New Order teamed up to play tunes including a cover of Joy Division’s ‘She’s Lost Control.’ Talk about star spangled.

Watch a clip of Sufjan and the Patti Smith band playing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ below.

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