A photo of the Glatsonbury stage in 1989
Beyonce’s recent performance at the Glatsonbury music festival has been heralded by many as amazing. Billboard.com called it ”career-defining.” You can watch some of it here.
It was extraordinary. But Beyonce was not “the first female in a quarter of a century to headline the Pyramid stage,” as host Jo Whiley mistakenly claimed. That honor belongs to Suzanne Vega, who headlined the Pyramid stage in 1989 and played with police protection and a bullet proof vest after receiving death threats. Here’s some video footage from that performance, recently shared on the Suzanne Vega Message Board.
In a review of Suzanne Vega’s latest album, the Express called her “the godmother of the current crop of sensitive, eloquent folk-inspired female singers. “
Fans of Suzanne Vega should mark September 25 in their calendars. That’s when she will be appearing at 92nd Street Y along with recording artist Marc Cohn, to join NY1’s Budd Mishkin for an evening of shared stories and a few musical surprises. Tickets are available here.
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