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Michael Penn... Bunker Hill

Michael Performing at "Comics For Peace" (2/23/03)

This is an excerpt from Jake P.'s 2/24/03 posting on the Yahoo! PennList. Thanks to Jake posting the report there. Note that the links below have been inserted by me.

"Since it was part of an anti-war benefit he said he was trying to think of what songs of his had any political leaning to them. So first he played 'Bunker Hill', which has some references to the LA riots. He gave a lengthy lead in explaining his fascination with Angel's Flight here in Los Angeles and how that was the starting point of the song.

"Jon Brion accompanied him on that tune on ukulele, which was pretty awesome to see. In all the times I've seen Jon Brion, which is more than I should probably admit to, I had never seen him and Michael play together.

"There was a great moment at the end of the song where the crowd wasn't sure it was over so they held their applause. The song ends sort of suddenly. And it didn't register with Michael right away that the crowd hadn't reacted yet, so he just start moving his capo down for the next song and then looked up and said, 'Oh... that's the end of the song.' The crowd then applauded generously. He then smiled and said, 'That was one of the greatest moments of my life.'

"His second and final song was a brand new one that I had never heard. It felt so great to hear a new MP song. It had been too long. I don't know what it was called but he said it was sort of about the current George Bush, King Kong, and himself and who is the odd man out in that group. The song was fantastic."


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