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Friday August 19, 2011

From Rolling Stone

CSN, BONNIE RAITT, JACKSON BROWNE ROCK AGAINST NUKES
By: Barry Walters

Tom Morello, Jason Mraz join all-star benefit in wake of Japan disaster

“I’m so happy to be here, my dimples are locked,” a beaming Bonnie Raitt said during her set at the August 7th all-star concert benefiting MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy), the activist group Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and John Hall created in 1979 to promote alternatives to nuclear power…

…Highlights abounded: The Doobie Brothers jammed on “Listen to the Music” with Raitt, Browne, Nash and David Crosby; Jason Mraz breezed through a medley of “I’m Yours” and Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds”; and Raitt shredded Talking Heads’ “Burning Down the House” before harmonizing with Crosby and Nash on a haunted version of “Angel From Montgomery.”

Following an acoustic set of his folky Nightwatchman material, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello strapped on an electric for the night’s heaviest moment, spitting Hendrix-y solos during a revved version of Springsteen’s “Ghost of Tom Joad” with Browne and Raitt. “The sort of disaster that happened in Fukushima is inevitable as long as those who make decisions about energy and the planet are doing it for profit,” Morello pointed out backstage as No Nukes vets Sweet Honey in the Rock delivered a lovely a capella version of the blues standard “Midnight Special” with Raitt. “I look at an event like today as a little bit of the world that I want to see. It’s people coming together in solidarity to get their hands on the wheel of history and turn it to the correct direction.

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