‘Ready to Rock, You Guys?’ The Winklevoss Twins Play Amagansett.


The 40-year-old billionaire twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have been on the street with their rock band, Mars Junction, since early final month, crisscrossing the nation to supply their variations of songs by Blink-182, the Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers, the Police, Pearl Jam and Journey. Tyler sings; Cameron performs guitar. On Saturday, they rolled into Amagansett, N.Y., the Lengthy Island seaside city not removed from the place they spent their childhood summers.

They arrived in grand model, cruising down Foremost Road in a 45-foot Prevost tour bus with “Mars Junction” in big lettering on the facet. A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter introduced up the rear. The twins’ retinue included the 4 musicians within the band, a documentary filmmaker, a merchandise salesman and diverse workers members.

The 2 automobiles parked in entrance of the Stephen Talkhouse, a venue with an old-salt vibe the place various marquee performers have taken the stage over the many years, together with Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Sheila E. and Suzanne Vega. Mars Junction was closing out the tour with two nights on the Talkhouse on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets had been $50.

The twins, whose cryptocurrency firm, Gemini, laid off 10 percent of its staff within the current crypto crash, hit a bump on the street to Amagansett. An viewers member on the band’s present on the Marvel Bar in Asbury Park, N.J., posted a video of Tyler attempting and failing to match the crystalline excessive notes of the singer Steve Perry in Mars Junction’s rendition of Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The clip went viral, and the feedback on social media concerning the twins — former Olympic rowers who made a fortune in Bitcoin after having a job within the creation of Fb — got here in sizzling.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who had been born in close by Southampton and grew up in Greenwich, Conn., had a a lot hotter reception on the Talkhouse. By 7 p.m. on Saturday, the place was packed, primarily with younger adults in Bermuda shorts and summer season attire who appeared to belong to the identical crowd because the Harvard-educated twins. Their mother and father, Carol and Howard Winklevoss, had been in attendance, as had been a number of household mates.

The twins took the stage and dove into their opener, “Top Gun Anthem,” the instrumental theme to the 1986 movie and its current sequel. Along with his mustache, slicked-back hair, aviator shades and pockets chain hanging from a again pocket, Tyler had a glance someplace between “Top Gun” and Tommy Bahama. Cameron, in an orange shirt and white slacks, had extra of a surfer vibe.

Out of the blue, his legs extensive aside and the microphone held sideways, Tyler led the band into Rage Towards the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” “Now you do what they told ya!” he sang earlier than leaping into the group, the place he engaged in a flurry of high-fives and fist bumps with the Mars Junction devoted.

“What up, Talkhouse!” he stated after the track was finished. “Fourth of July weekend, it’s the big one! Ready to rock, you guys?”

The hits saved on coming: Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire”; Mumford & Sons’ “The Wolf”; the Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers’ “Can’t Stop.” When Tyler sang Chic’s “Santeria,” he made a change to the road “Well, I had a million dollars” by changing the phrases “million dollars” with “billion bitcoin.” Cameron executed a wah-wah guitar solo and took a swig of Liquid Demise water.

Then got here the difficult a part of the present: the Police medley, which required Tyler to hit the excessive notes so effortlessly sung by a youthful Sting in his Eighties glory.

“So Lonely” segued into “Message in a Bottle,” which morphed into the hard-rocking “Synchronicity II” (“The factory belches filth into the sky!” Tyler sang) earlier than settling into the reggae vibe of “Walking on the Moon.” Tyler was stretching his voice to the restrict. Why not make it simpler on himself by beginning it off in a decrease key? However that isn’t the Winklevoss manner.

The group sang together with the subsequent one, “Flagpole Sitta,” a 1997 hit for Harvey Hazard. When the music died down, a younger man within the viewers repeatedly screamed out a profane chant towards Mark Zuckerberg, whom the Winklevoss twins sued unsuccessfully, accusing him of denying them their justifiable share of Fb cash.

“I don’t know what you’re saying,” Tyler stated to the rowdy fan, the trace of a smile on his face.

He obtained nostalgic in his introduction to Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow.”

“Let’s go early ’90s, yeah?” Tyler stated to the group. “What do you think? Early ’90s? Pre-internet? Can you handle that? No social media? All right, you want to go back there?”

He channeled Eddie Vedder’s growl. Cameron busted out two solos.

“Whooooooo!” stated the group.

“We’re going to stay early ’90s for this next one,” Tyler stated. “Ready for some Nirvana?”

The group whooped once more.

“OK, that feels like a yes!”

Then got here “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” As they performed the subsequent track, the Purple Sizzling Chili Peppers’ “Suck My Kiss,” their mom, Carol, was clapping alongside to the beat as their father, sporting a blue blazer and button-down shirt, maintained a stoic demeanor.

For the track “You’re So Last Summer,” by Taking Again Sunday, Cameron placed on a Mars Junction cap. Extra had been obtainable on the merch desk for $20.02 apiece.

After the viewers sang alongside to “Mr. Brightside” by the Killers, Mars Junction supplied a pair of Journey songs as encores: “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Any Way You Want It.” The lights got here as much as the sound of AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” on the Talkhouse sound system. The twins left to have a late dinner with their mother and father at Gurney’s in Montauk.

Earlier than the Sunday night present, the brothers took a second to talk in an upstairs room on the Talkhouse. As Tyler cracked open a Liquid Demise, he stated the earlier evening’s present had the texture of a homecoming and famous that his mother and father nonetheless had the seaside home in close by Quogue. He added that Mars Junction was in a considerably susceptible place, because it performs such acquainted songs.

“When you play covers, you’re judged against the recording,” Tyler stated. “And the more iconic the song, the more people know the recording, and live’s a little different. So it’s a tough thing.”

One factor the Mars Junction expertise has taught them, the twins stated, was that the lifetime of a touring musician might be wearying.

“You’ve got to rest for these shows,” Tyler stated. “It’s a huge exertion and, as a vocalist, your voice can go if you’re not careful.”

“Guitars don’t get tired,” Cameron stated. “But humans do.”


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