Katy Perry, Sting and Jerry Seinfeld were three important performers and guests in a star-studded line-up that helped raise money at the David Lynch Foundation's benefit concert at Carnegie Hall Wednesday night. The collected proceeds from the event will go towards teaching transcendental mediation in New York.
Although the event was in Lynch's name, he was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict with Showtime's revival of his cult-classic tv series, Twin Peaks. Aside from Sting, Perry and Seinfeld, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, guitarist Sharon Isbin and singer Angelique Kidjo also showed support at the benefit concert, Rolling Stone reports.
The 61-year-old comedian launched the event with a quick witted stand-up routine which found him joking about cell phone battery life, meaningless phrases and the trivial hurdles couples face when going out on the town for a night. Executive producer of the David Lynch Foundation, Bob Roth, guided the audience through group meditation resulting in half of the room staying silent while the other half played with their phones and napped.
Shortly after, both Isbin and Kidjo hit the stage to perform one track each before James commanded the stage for a string version of 2013's Regions of Light and Sound of God track, "State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.)," Entertainment Weekly notes. The Police front man took the stage next, opening with a geographically fitting "Englishman in New York," before segueing into "Fields of Gold." While the night's performers each spoke a bit about mediation, Sting spoke of the relaxing method by comparing it to his 1992 hit "Shape of My Heart" which begins with the lyrics "He deals the cards as a meditation."
Perry took the stage for a menacing spin on "Teenage Dream" after detailing the effect meditation has on her life before executing a more exact execution of "Wide Awake." "You know when you have a crappy day or something that doesn't want to go right?" Perry said. "I always excuse myself for 20 minutes, and then I'm back." The "I Kissed a Girl" singer continued her five-song set with "Dark Horse," which saw the assistance of a violinist instead of the original rap verse by Juicy J. The pop star closed out her performance with "Firework," fully equipped with back-up dancers and ballerinas adorned in pink tutus.