HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 07: Musician Stevie Nicks performs onstage during a concert in celebration of Buddy Holly's music and legacy held at The Music Box Theatre on September 7, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
An eclectic collection of artists that included Stevie Nicks, members of Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump Chris Isaak and Paul Anka saluted Buddy Holly Wednesday on what would have been his 75th birthday in, appropriately enough, Hollywood.
Guitarist Waddy Wachtel led a seven piece band -- with an occasional string trio --that featured bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Russ Kunkel, musicians featured on countless Asher-produced albums in the '70s. Artists spoke often about the eloquence of Holly's lyrics and the fact that his ordinary appearance and demeanor was an inspiration to so many; "we felt like we lost a friend when he passed," Graham Nash offered. ""In two, two and a half minutes, he taught you everything you need to know about life and love," was Lyle Lovett's comment.
Stevie Nicks - "Not Fade Away"
Lyle Lovett - "Well … All Right"
Lyle Lovett w/ James Burton - "I'm Looking for Someone to Love"
Shawn Colvin - "Learning the Game"
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy - "Everyday," "Oh Boy"
Chris Isaak - "Crying, Waiting, Hoping"
Michelle Branch w/Graham Nash - "Words of Love"
Graham Nash - "Raining in My Heart"
Graham Nash & Peter Asher - "Take Your Time"
Boz Scaggs - "Maybe Baby"
Boz Scaggs, Graham Nash & Peter Asher - "Rave On"
Raul Malo - "Listen to Me"
Michelle Branch & Chris Isaak - "Heartbeat"
Gabe Saporta & Victoria Asher of Cobra Starship - "Peggy Sue"
Gabe Saporta & Patrick Stump - "Think It Over"
Paul Anka - "I Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
Stevie Nicks - "It's So Easy"
Raul Malo - "True Love Ways"
Malo, Colvin, Lovett, Everly, Branch and ensemble - "That'll Be The Day"