First, the video:
Then, the explanation, via Jon Pareles at the NYTimes:
Camping in the rain forest got a new meaning on Thursday night at Carnegie Hall. It was the annual benefit for the Rainforest Fund that features Sting and is produced by his wife, Trudie Styler. The fund supports the preservation of rain forests worldwide and the rights of their indigenous peoples. The camp was in this year’s lineup — including Elton John, Lady Gaga and the diva of James Bond movie scores, Shirley Bassey — and some wry production numbers.
The concert’s unannounced performer, Bruce Springsteen, joked that when Sting had told him the theme was ’80s nostalgia, he had responded, “Sting, we’re ’80s nostalgia.” …
Sting said that Mr. Springsteen also chose the concert’s all-star finale — a song, Sting said, that he didn’t know. “Everyone in the country knows it but you,” he was told. It was Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’ ”: a 1981 arena crowd-pleaser once scorned as cheesy corporate rock. Now, from its appearance in the finale of “The Sopranos” to a best-selling version from “Glee” to a Springsteen endorsement at Carnegie Hall, it’s well on its way to rehabilitation.
I prefer to believe that the slightly nauseated expression on Bassey’s and Harry’s faces has less to do with being reduced to back-up singers than with those hoofies that Lady Gaga is wearing.
Also, it was sweet of the promoters to arrange that conga line of human bon-bons as party favors for the entertainers… poor befuddled Uncle Elton looked so happy to toddle over and pick himself a couple!
(h/t to Commentor Lamh32 for tonight’s entertainment!)