Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by Sara Blankemeyer, One Nation • January 11, 2017
As you were getting ready for bed to round out your standard Tuesday night, the rest of the world was busy getting down to some jaw dropping performances on their small screens. Here’s the run down:
The Flaming Lips bring back space rock in their latest album Oczy Mlody, set for release this Friday, January 13. Taking us back in time to the ‘80s, when psychedelia ruled over all, the OKC natives performed their single “The Castle” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Mesmerizing is an understatement when trying to describe this piece of work. Building layers upon layers of their signature sinuous sounds, the old school rockers keep their performance simple
With the Grammy Awards coming up next month, it was only fair that Cage the Elephant make a pit stop on late night television to give us a taste of their “Best Rock Album” worthy material. Doused in steamy red lights, the band performed “Cold Cold Cold” off their Grammy-nominated album, “Tell Me I’m Pretty” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Lead singer Matt Shultz channeled his inner Jagger as he belts those moody lyrics in his rockstar-styled tux that oozes sex appeal.
“Well it’s cold, cold, cold, cold inside // Darker in the day than the dead of night // Cold, cold, cold, cold as ice // Doctor can you help me // Somethin’ don’t feel right // Somethin’ just ain’t right.”
We all know by now that Obama is a prized treasure in the hearts of American musicians, and it’s very apparent that the appreciation is mutual. Singing the National Anthem at Obama’s Farewell Address was R&B singer BJ the Chicago Kid. Fittingly performing in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, BJ served up some stunning vocals that had us in awe and almost in tears as we prepared to say goodbye to our latest and greatest.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined the farewell party as well, performing a rendition of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” and Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power” with the Chicago Children’s Choir to back him up. Also a Chicago native, Vedder has his own inauguration coming up as he will be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pearl Jam in April later this year.