Love Rocks NYC returned to New York, NY’s Beacon Theatre on Thursday for its seventh annual God’s Love We Deliver benefit concert featuring a star-studded cast of musicians including John Mayer TrioJames TaylorSheryl CrowMavis StaplesJim JamesSt. VincentGary Clark Jr., and many more.

With help from a parade of celebrity hosts including M.C. Bill MurrayStephen ColbertPhoebe RobinsonGina GersonDavid Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris, and Chevy Chase (who offered up an impressive keyboard solo while introducing The War and Treaty), the loaded music lineup offered up highlight after memorable highlight over the course of more than four hours.

Jim James (My Morning Jacket) opened the proceedings on a high note with his own “State of the Union” and Elton John‘s “Rocket Man”, and Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk) followed with little love from his home city of New Orleans with a rousing rendition of The Meters‘ “Hey Pocky A-Way”.

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Warren Haynes served up another memorable moment early in the show when he and Jimmy Vivino performed a poignant take on “Almost Cut My Hair” by the late David Crosby. As Haynes explained after the song, “The last time I saw Crosby we played that together on this stage. … It brings back a lot of memories.”

On the heels of International Women’s Day, the women on the lineup repeatedly stole the show dominated with hair-raising performances and thought-provoking messages. Whether it was Sheryl Crow welcoming St. Vincent to perform “Real Gone”, Ledisi channeling Nina Simone with an earth-shattering “Feeling Good”, Mavis Staples reigning from atop her gospel-soul throne, Allison Russell speaking out against ongoing LGBTQIA oppression in the South, or Pat Benatar burning a “Ring of Fire” (Johnny Cash) into “Heartbreaker” with Neil Giraldo, the rock and roll roar of Love Rocks NYC’s women echoed load and clear through the Beacon on Thursday night.

Among the biggest names on the Love Rocks NYC bill was beloved singer-songwriter James Taylor, who appeared late in the show following a Stephen Colbert intro that jokingly cast him as a vicious metal shredder. Taylor wielded and enchanting pull on the audience, telling stories about the origins of his cover hits as he went (two, including “Up On The Roof”, came from Carole King, while Marvin Gaye authored the classic “How Sweet It Is”). For his final number, James Taylor welcomed Sheryl Crow and guitarist Bernie Williams (of New York Yankees fame) to stools next to his own for another tune he famously borrowed from Carole King, “You’ve Got A Friend”.

Much like the reunion of Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos anchored the 2022 edition of Live Rocks NYC, the 2023 affair featured a rare appearance by another long-lost outfit featuring current Rolling Stones touring drummer Steve Jordan, the John Mayer Trio. Mayer, Jordan, and esteemed bassist Pino Palladino used their first official performance as a unit in six years to dust off three tunes that appear on their 2005 live album, Try!, including “Who Did You Think I Was?”, “Vultures”, and Jimi Hendrix‘s “Wait Until Tomorrow”.

As the clock ticked past 12:30 a.m., executive producers John Varvatos, Greg Williamson, and Nicole Rechter thanked the audience before welcoming back the full cast of musicians for an all-hands-on-deck rendition of Curtis Mayfield‘s “People Get Ready” in tribute to the late Jeff Beck.

Endless shoutouts, of course, to the amazing Love Rocks NYC house band featuring music director Will LeeMichael BeardenLarry CampbellSteve GaddEric KrasnoPedrito MartinezShawn PeltonPaul Shaffer, and more, as well as the God’s Love Singers and the We Deliver Horns. A blowout of this magnitude would not be possible without a band as mighty as this one.

Love Rocks NYC 2023 brought in more than $3 million in donations for God’s Love We Deliver, the New York nonprofit that cooks and delivers nutritious, medically tailored meals for people too sick to shop for themselves. Founded in 1985 as a response to the AIDS pandemic, the non-sectarian organization continues to serve a vital role in the NYC community: In 2022, with the help of thousands of volunteers, God’s Love home-delivered more than 3.2 million medically tailored meals to nearly 11,000 individuals living with more than 200 different diagnoses. To donate or learn more about how to get involved with God’s Love We Deliver, head here.

Click below to view the full setlist and a selection of videos from Love Rocks NYC 2023. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a gallery of photos from the night via Getty Images.

Setlist: Love Rocks NYC (Various Artists) | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 3/9/23

Jim James “State of the Art”

Jim James “Rocket Man” (Elton John)

God’s Love We Deliver CEO David Ludwigson remarks

Ivan Neville “Hey Pocky A-Way” (The Meters)

Chevy Chase/Paul Shaffer Remarks

Intro for The War and Treaty/Chevy Chase keyboard jam

The War and Treaty “Have You a Heart”

The War and Treaty “Land of 1000 Dances” (Wilson Pickett)

Warren Haynes “Almost Cut My Hair” (David Crosby)

Gina Gershon remarks/Intro for Allison Russell

Allison Russell “You’re Not Alone”

Allison Russell “Don’t Stop” (Fleetwood Mac)

Rufus Wainwright “Going To A Town”

Rufus Wainwright “Across The Universe” (The Beatles, featuring Allison Russeell on clarinet)

Phoebe Robinson Remarks/Intro for Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples “Respect Yourself”

Mavis Staples/Rufus Wainwright “Friendship” (Bernie Williams on guitar)

Gary Clark Jr. “Our Love”

Gary Clark Jr. “The Healing”

David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris remarks-Intro for Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow “If It Makes You Happy”

Sheryl Crow “Live With Me” (The Rolling Stones)

Sheryl Crow/St. Vincent “Real Gone”

St. Vincent “New York”

St. Vincent “Young Americans” (David Bowie)

Ledisi “Feelin Good” (Nina Simone)

Ledisi “Knockin”

Stephen Colbert Remarks/James Taylor Intro

James Taylor “Up on the Roof” (Gerry Goffin, Carole King)

James Taylor “Country Road”

James Taylor “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” (Marvin Gaye)

James Taylor/Sheryl Crow/Bernie Williams “You’ve Got A Friend” (Carole King)

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo “Love Is A Battlefield”

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo “Heartbreaker/Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)”

John Mayer Trio “Who Do You Think I Was”

John Mayer Trio “Vultures”

John Mayer Trio “Wait Until Tomorrow”

All Artist Finale “People Get Ready” (Curtis Mayfield, played in tribute to Jeff Beck)

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John Mayer Trio – “Who Did You Think I Was?”, “Vultures” [Pro-Shot] – 3/9/23

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Warren Haynes & Jimmy Vivino – “Almost Cut My Hair” (David Crosby) – 3/9/23

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James Taylor w/ Sheryl Crow, Bernie Williams – “You’ve Got A Friend” (Carole King)

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Gary Clark Jr. – “The Healing” – 3/9/23

Love Rocks NYC Finale – “People Get Ready” (Curtis Mayfield, in honor of Jeff Beck) – 3/9/23

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