Philadelphia music was well represented at the Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear on the National Mall in Washington on Saturday. The Roots were the house band, and the Philadelphia hip-hop collective kicked off the festivities with a set with U Penn grad John Legend that drew from their new old school soul album Wake Up!
More amusing, however, was the dueling trains schtick that involved Yusuf Islam a.k.a Cat Stevens singing "Peace Train" before being interrupted by Colbert, who brought out Ozzy Osbourne to shriek "Crazy Train." Stewart couldn't get with all that unreasonableness, so the two Comedy Central comics came up with a compromise solution: The "sweet Philly soul" of The O'Jays Gamble and Huff-penned "Love Train," fearful enough for Colbert, on account of the STDs and heartbreak that might be riding on board. Eddie LeVert and company take the stage around the 8 minute mark. John Timpane's story on the polite proceedings at the Rally from the Sunday Inquirer is here.
Previously: Gimme Keef