Watch Sleater-Kinney Cover David Bowie and George Michael at 2016 New Year’s Eve Show
In a year littered by the deaths of so many beloved musicians, Sleater-Kinney chose to close out 2016 by covering the artists whose passings bookended the year. On New Year’s Eve, they paid tribute to David Bowie and George Michael during the encores of their concert at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco.
They began by playing “Faith,” the title cut to George Michael’s multi-platinum 1987 album, with Carrie Brownstein on vocals. For a little bit of help, they brought out Kathy Foster of the Thermals, who served as the opening act. Then they called out the other members of the band and Spoon’s Britt Daniel, who, as Consequence of Sound points out, was the DJ for the evening. In wishing everybody a happy new year, drummer Janet Weiss echoed Billy Joel’s traditional concert sign-off by saying, “Don’t take anybody’s s---,” and then they launched into Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel,” with Daniel, Hutch Harris and Corin Tucker trading verses.
Earlier this year, Brownstein wrote and directed The Realest Real, a short film that featured former Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon. the movie was described as a “humorous exploration of the fickle and instant world of the internet.”
It’s possible that Daniel is about to step out from the DJ booth. Last month, Spoon posted a picture of a skull on their social media feeds, prompting speculation that they’re getting ready to release the follow-up to 2014’s They Want My Soul. Back in March, the Thermals released We Disappear, which was produced by former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla.
Watch Sleater-Kinney, Britt Daniel and the Thermals Sing “Rebel Rebel”
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