Though benefit concerts are usually musically uneven, this 1999 show for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is an exception. Following an amusing Laugh-In
-style intro and brief stand-up by Ellen DeGeneres and Margaret Cho, Sarah McLachlan performs her wistful "Angel" accompanied by stills of Sir Paul McCartney and his late wife (and avid PETA advocate), Linda. The B- 52s follow, bopping their way through "Love Shack," "Roam," and "Rock Lobster," then are joined by Chrissie Hynde, who dedicates her powerful ballad "I'll Stand by You" to mistreated animals. Climaxing this 65-minute concert is Sir Paul and his crack band (including Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour), cranking out a half-dozen back-to-basics rock & roll tunes from his album Run Devil Run
. --Kevin Filipski
Paul McCartney hosts and gives a rare live performance at PETA's Concert for Party Animals--a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of stars who have made the fight for animal rights one of today's most popular causes. Includes appearances by Gillian Anderson, Pamela Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Margaret Cho, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ellen DeGeneres, Andy Dick, Anne Heche, Ricki Lake, Bill Maher, Brian McKnight, Kathy Najimy, Alicia Silverstone and more!
Angel (Sarah McLachlan), Love Shack (The B-52's), Roam (The B-52's with Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan), Rock Lobster (The B-52's), I'll Stand By You (Chrissie Hynde and The B-52's), Honey Hush, Brown-Eyed Handsome Man, No Other Baby, Try Not To Cry, Lonesome Town, Run Devil Run (Paul McCartney).