Yeah. So I went. A LOT of people did.
It was kind of silly, very innocent and ultimately quite prolific. There were a ton of musical artists involved. Let’s see if I can remember them all. The Roots, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, uh…Kid Rock, The O’Jays. Even Colbert and Stewart did a little musical number with Jeff Tweedy. Sam Waterson, R2D2, a seven year old girl, and a giant, armed, Stephen Colbert monster also made appearances. There were a few others which are hazy to me and I don’t feel like looking it up.
Anyway, here’s some really decent amateur footage of some of the amusing shit they did with some of these guests:
So yeah. “Peace Train” ended up a decently dressed cliche. Other music / performance art / comedy type of goodness ebbed and flowed over the three hours. I’m not going to say it was all totally awesome musically, but it was definitely well rounded and well paced. That’s all I really have to say about it from a strictly entertainment point of view. It was lovely, for sure.
I’m hoping Comedy Central reruns the broadcast. However, see it or not, at least take with you Stewart’s closing statements: