On April 4, 2009, musicians and Hollywood stars came out to support David Lynch and his Foundation of the same name. The David Lynch Foundation is a project headed by the legendary film director to raise awareness and money to teach at-risk children to meditate to change their lives from within.
On this night at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York, Paul McCartney headlined the show, and blues icon Bettye LaVette and Moby played “Trouble So Hard” and “Natural Blues” to open the show.
Eddie Vedder came out without Pearl Jam (what a shock) and played “Rise” then was joined by Ben Harper for a rendition of the David Bowie / Freddie Mercury classic “Under Pressure.” After Co-MC Laura Dern gushed over her then husband Ben Harper and Vedder, Sheryl Crow paid tribute to George Harrison with “My Sweet Lord.”
In a break from the music, Jerry Seinfeld came out and told a few funny jokes, much to the delight of the crowd, before Lynch introduced the next performer, Donovan, who did “Hurdy Gurdy Man” and “Isle of Islay” with Jim James on flute. The excitement really started to build when Ringo Starr came out and sang “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Boys,” and “Yellow Submarine.”
Then, as if on cue, Sir Paul came out and brought the house down with a scorching set featuring “Drive My Car, “Jet,” and “Got to Get You into My Life.” McCartney took to the piano for a heartfelt rendition of “Let It Be” then came back out for an encore, where he played an emotional version of “Here Today” dedicated to John Lennon.
After “Band on The Run,” Starr came back out to join his former Beatle bandmate and the rest of the performers for the closing numbers “With A Little Help from My Friends,” “Cosmically Conscious,” and the big finale, “I Saw Her Standing There.”
“The Change Begins Within” benefit concert was an all-star gala for a wonderful cause and it is now on DVD for the fans. The stars were big on this night but it was clear after the show that there was none bigger than Paul McCartney and his amazing backing band.