A while back a friend told me about a really rich guy in Texas that threw himself a huge birthday party every year. One year he invited The Eagles to play at his party. I think it costs somewhere around $763 to buy a ticket to see The Eagles in concert so I can’t even imagine how much it would cost to have them fly to your house and play in your backyard.
My first thought after hearing about this was, “Man, that guy is an idiot. Couldn’t he have used that money for something more meaningful like missions or helping orphans?”
My second thought was, “If I was that rich I’d get Public Enemy.”
Come on, man. The Eagles? Really?
This week on the Music Forum we attempt to undo this poor rich man’s mistake by throwing our own imaginary backyard concert.
If you could have any artist, dead or alive, perform in your backyard who would it be and what’s one song you would make them cover?
Wow that one is really tough. Good question. I’m usually not a fan
of covers except for Dwight Yoakam’s cover of Suspicious Minds,
(better than Elvis ever sang it; not hating on Elvis, just saying) and
the band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes who are exclusively a cover
band. They can pretty much take anything and turn it into a fast
paced punk song. Their cover of Johnny Cash’s Sunday Morning Coming
Down is a classic. It might be fun to hear them cover the Getty’s
In Christ Alone.
Probably what would be better is to hear my friend Casey Harpe cover
Lover by Derek Webb. There is a small part of me that hopes I die
first so he can sing it at my funeral.
Glen Hansard (Swell Season, the Frames). This guy sings from the soul. I’d pay to hear him sing A through L of the Yellow Pages, but for a cover I think I’d go with Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. It’s been covered by a bunch of people, most notably the incredible Jeff Buckley, but I’d love to hear Glen Hansard’s take on it.
Have to go with either Dave Matthews Band or Eric Clapton. They can just play their own music. Jimmy Buffet and Jack Johnson would be fun as well.
This one is easy. I’m going with The Possum Posse. I would make them cover Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry.