Steve Gunn, William Tyler, Fred Armisen & More Join Yo La Tengo In New York City

By Andy Kahn Dec 23, 2019 7:18 am PST

Yo La Tengo began their annual 8 Nights Of Hanukkah With Yo La Tengo run of holiday shows on Sunday at New York City’s The Bowery Ballroom. As expected, several guests joined Yo La Tengo onstage including Steve Gunn, William Tyler, Fred Armisen and Circle JerksGreg Hetson.

Guitarists Gunn and Tyler played an opening duo set featuring guest vocalist Alexis Powell and a cover of Jerry Garcia’s “Mission In The Rain”. Comedian Jon Glaser was also on Sunday’s lineup. Tyler was back onstage with Yo La Tengo for the duration of their main set, which also featured Armisen on drums. Gunn emerged to add guitar to “Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1)” and then moved to keyboard for a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Wharf Rat.” Gunn was back on guitar for a fast version of “Today Is The Day,” followed by “Tom Courtenay” and the set-closing “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind.”

Circle Jerks guitarist Greg Hetson came out with YLT for the encore, leading off with “Live Fast Die Young.” Hetson remained for subsequent covers of Red Cross’ “S&M Party,” Dee Dee Ramone/Richard Hell’s “Chinese Rocks” and The Ramones’ “Carbona Not Glue.” A masked Glaser then came out to sing “White Christmas.” 8 Nights Of Hanukkah With Yo La Tengo continues at The Bowery this evening. Watch highlights of Sunday’s collaborations below:

Wharf Rat Captured by Richard Wolf

Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1) Captured by Richard Wolf

Encore Captured by Larry Rulz III

Setlist (via Frank & Earthy)

From Me To You (The Beatles, sung as “From Me to Jews”), Everyday, Here You Are, Stockholm Syndrome, Let’s Save Tony Orlando’s House, The Point Of It, Swing For Life, Tears Are Your In Yours (guitar instrumental version), Shades of Blue, Flying Lesson (Hot Chicken #1) (with Steve Gunn on guitar), Wharf Rat (Grateful Dead) (with SG on keyboard), Today Is The Day (fast) (with SG on guitar), Tom Courtenay (with SG on guitar), Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind (with SG on guitar)

Encore: Live Fast Die Young (Circle Jerks) (with Greg Hetson on guitar), S&M Party (Red Cross) (with GH), Chinese Rocks (Dee Dee Ramone/Richard Hell) (with GH), Carbona Not Glue (The Ramones) (with GH), White Christmas (Irving Berlin) (with “Jon” on vocals)

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