Pete Seeger Tribute Concert in the Works

Acts are currently being lined up for a show in New York City

Pete Seeger performs in New York City.
Ebet Robets/Redferns
January 30, 2014 8:55 AM ET

Organizers of an award presentation for Pete Seeger set for New York City next month announced that the event will continue as planned, despite the folk singer's death earlier this week at the age of 94. It will now become a tribute concert dedicated to remembering his influential career.

Look back at Pete Seeger's remarkable life in photos

Seeger was scheduled to accept the Woody Guthrie Prize award and perform at New York's Peter Norton Symphony Space on February 22nd, according to Billboard.  The event is being organized by the Grammy Museum and Woody Guthrie Center and is now retitled to "How Can I Keep From Singing!" Acts are being booked for the performance, but no one specific has been confirmed.

"The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music," said Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie in a statement. "The power of song, as he constantly reminded us, can take us through everything that life, and death, throws at us. On February 22nd, we won't take a moment of silence to remember him. We will take all the moments to sing – as loudly and with as many harmonies as we can muster."

Watch Pete Seeger duet with Bruce Springsteen

There have been no shortage of tributes to the "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" singer. Tom Morello called him a "gentle grandfather with a backbone of steel," while Bruce Springsteen led a South African crowd in a reverent rendition of "We Shall Overcome" Tuesday night. "Once you heard this song, you were prepared to march into hell's fire," Springsteen said.

"He made me want to be a better person," Dave Matthews said in a statement. "Pete Seeger  fought for the working people and he fought against greed, and corruption, and war, and pollution, until the end of his life."

Proceeds from next month's event will go to the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

More Song Stories entries »