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Published: 2017/10/07

The National Debut Ramones Cover in New York City

The National continued their tour with a stop at the Forest Hills Stadium in New York where they paid tribute to one of the Queens neighborhood’s greatest rock outputs by covering the Ramones’ “The KKK Took My Baby Away” during the encore.

Watch the performance above.

The song joins tunes from New Order, Queen and others as recent cover debuts from the band as they support their recently released Sleep Well Beast on a lengthy tour that’ll stretch well into 2018.

In addition, The National welcome a few of their old friends and Day of the Dead collaborators during their set. Takka Takka percussionist Conrad Doucette, who drummed on the all-star Dead tribute and served as one of the album’s curators, sat in on percussion for about half the show, including a set-closing “About Today,” “Terrible Love” and “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks.” Former Yellowbirds member Josh Kaufman—who was also a key part of the Day of the Dead sessions and produced Bob Weir’s Blue Mountain featuring members of The National—also played guitar on “Pink Rabbits” at the top of the night’s encore. National singer Matt Berninger noted Kaufman lent The National a guitar they used to record their breakthrough album _ Alligator_

The National’s tour continues tonight in Pittsburgh.

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