By Matt Harper
Sir Paul McCartney and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder are set to take the stage together in New York on April 4, and all at the request of avant-garde film director, David Lynch. Yes, it sounds strange, but the two music legends have signed on to play a benefit for Lynch's Transcendental Meditation foundation.
The concert, taking place at Radio City Music Hall, will help raise money for the Lynch Foundation, which seeks to promote Transcendental Meditation, a practice to which Lynch attributes his creativity.
McCartney's participation is particularly interesting because of the Beatles' embrace of the practice during the heyday of the psychedelic era in 1968, which found them spending weeks in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, whom John Lennon later slammed in his song "Sexy Sadie."
Last April, the Lynch Foundation held a similar but much smaller benefit concert in Fairfield, Iowa (the location of Maharishi University, this country's only school based on the principles of Transcendental Meditation). MTV News was lucky enough to attend and to speak with Mr. Lynch in person there about his advocacy of TM.
McCartney and Vedder will be joined onstage by Sheryl Crow, Donovan and Moby.