I’ll be seeing you – a celebration of Hal Willner

On April 6, 2022, friends and family gathered at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New YORK to celebrate the life of Hal Willner. The private event featured a concert in the way Hal would have organised it himself, with artists, musicians, and some of Hal’s closest collaborators coming together in celebration of their friend. Gavin Friday performed Apologia and Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves.


Pre-show music, Adam Dorn
Music from 8 ½ by Nino Rota, the Band (Conducted by Giancarlo Vulcano)
River Run Down, Beth Orton
I’m Free (from Tommy), Eric Mingus
Stay Awake/Cruella DeVille, Suzanne Vega
Apologia, Gavin Friday
Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues, Steve Buscemi
Kicking the Gong Around, David Johansen
On the Beach, Joan Wasser
Lift Every Voice and Sing by Van Dyke Parks
Chelsea Hotel, Rufus Wainwright
Howl, Chloe Webb & Adam Dorn (Hal Willner on tape)
Shenandoah, Tom Waits
Take It With Me, Tom Waits
Bang a Gong (Get It On), Bono & the Edge
Walk On, Bono & the Edge

Your Mother’s Here to Stay, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Robert Smigel)
Call Me, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog (Robert Smigel)
Lord Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me, Elvis Costello
Trail of the Lonesome Pine, John C. Reilly & Elvis Costello
Lazy Moon, John C. Reilly
Ballad of the Soldier’s Wife, Cat Power
Save the Last Dance for Me, The Americans
Waiting for the Miracle, Teddy Thompson
Not Dark Yet, Jenni Muldaur
Sunday Morning, Michael Stipe
Traitor, Martha Wainwright
Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Kevin Drew & Emily Haines
Angel of Harlem, Bono & the Edge
I’ll Be Seeing You, Tom Waits

Photos via Perla Batalla.