The PS22 Chorus of 2011 had another great thrill yesterday, kicking off the opening ceremony of the the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival singing "Walk Like An Egyptian" with The Bangles themselves!! Although in this particular case, nobody was more thrilled than the music teacher, as the Bangles were my favorite band in high school! The group was definitely instrumental in the development of my love for harmony and they remain a huge influence! It was wonderful to hear that they are now big fans of the kids and have been following their accomplishments! Susanna Hoffs & Vicki Peterson were completely gracious -- insisting we do it the PS22 Chorus way, and adapting their original melody to our arrangement. The performance was introduced by the extraordinary (and extraordinarily cool) actor, Denis Leary! Chorus member Marquis joined in on the drums and was a bona fide rock star tonight adding tremendously to the remarkable performance!
During the soundcheck, while experiencing some technical difficulties, we broke out into a spontaneous version of "Manic Monday" and even a little bit of "Eternal Flame." So much fun! Mr. B's dad even get's a shout out from Susanna Hoffs!
Big thanks to Craig Hatkoff for this amazing invitation and introducing us to the Bangles! Also thanks go to Mrs. Johnson for filming and to Victor & Bonnie Breinberg for the fantastic pictures that accompany this post! Also thanks to our fantastic friend Perez Hilton for posting the performance on his blog with extremely kind words, particularly to the praiseworthy performance of Marquis!
Biggest thanks certainly go to Vicki and Susanna for spending a wonderful day with us, and we are definitely hoping to make music with The Bangles again in the near future! Check out more pics below!
PS22 Chorus Meets The Bangles
Denis Leary poses with PS22!
Mr. B with his long-time heroes of harmony!
And just for fun, here are some pics from when I met the Bangles previously... about 20 years ago!! It's amazing how life can come full circle.