Bon Iver @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood 9/27/09

By Amrit Singh / September 28, 2009 - 9:42 am

Fresh off of making waves by performing for the filmic undead, Justin Vernon continued his recent fascination with thespian mortality by holding his previously reported show at the Hollywood Cemetery, where all the actors are buried. Cemetery gates opened at the stroke of midnight (obviously). Coffee and donuts were served. Photographer Andrew Youssef arrived shortly after 2AM, joining roughly 2,000 people for the event which kicked off with a screening of Wes Anderson’s Bottle Rocket before Buddhist monks performed a ritual blessing to cleanse the air for Bon Iver’s 6AM set. The Wisconsinite harmonized into the dawn with a set that covered pretty much “all the songs they known,” which for a man with just an LP and EP to his stage name isn’t that many songs, but certainly enough to cement some goosepimply cemetery memories. (There was a feel-good reunion, too, Justin welcoming his old DeYarmond Edison bandmates in Megafaun out for a tune.) Watch as the sky grows lighter during this “Babys”:

A ballad for Bella and Edward: “Blood Bank”…

And a song with Megafuan: