Billionaire twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, 40, have been on the road since early last month with their rock band Mars Junction, criss-crossing the country to offer versions of songs by Blink-182 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Police, Pearl Jam and Travel. Tyler sings; Cameron plays the guitar. On Saturday, they arrived in Amagansett, New York, a Long Island beach town not far from where they spent their childhood summers.
They arrived in grand style, arriving on Main Street in a 45-foot Prevost tour bus with “Mars Junction” emblazoned on the side. Mercedes Benz Sprinter pulled up the rear. The twins included the band’s four musicians, a documentary film director, a merchandiser, and assorted staff.
Two cars were parked in front of the Stephen Talkhouse, a place with an old salty atmosphere that has hosted countless artists over the decades, including Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Sheila. E and Susan Vega. Conjunction of Mars Closing out the tour with two nights at the Talkhouse on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets were $50.
The twins, whose cryptocurrency company Gemini laid off 10 percent of its staff during the recent cryptocurrency crash, are on their way to Amagansett. An audience member at the band’s show at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ, posted a video of Tyler trying and failing to match singer Steve Perry’s crystalline high notes of Mars Junction’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey in performance. ”. The clip went viral, and comments on social media about the twins – former Olympic rowers who made their fortune in bitcoin after co-founding Facebook – were rife.
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who were born in nearby Southampton and raised in Greenwich, Conn., got a much warmer welcome at the Talkhouse. By 7pm on a Saturday night, the place was packed, mostly with young people in Bermuda shorts and summer dresses who seemed to belong to the same crowd as the Harvard-educated twins. Their parents, Carol and Howard Winklevoss, were in attendance, as were several family friends.
The twins took the stage and launched into their opener “Top Gun Anthem,” the instrumental theme from the 1986 film and its recent sequel. Sporting a moustache, slicked-back hair, aviator shades and a wallet chain dangling from his back pocket, Tyler looked somewhere between Top Gun and Tommy Bahama. Cameron, in an orange shirt and white pants, had more of a surfer vibe.
Suddenly, his legs spread wide and the microphone held sideways, Tyler led the band into Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” “Now do what they tell you!” He sang before jumping into the crowd, where he engaged in high-fives and fist-pumping with Mars Conjunction devotees.
“What’s up, Talkhouse!” he said after finishing the song. “Fourth of July weekend, that’s a big one! Are you ready to rock, boys?”
The hits kept coming: Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire”; “The Wolf” by Mumford & Sons; “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. When Tyler sang Sublime’s “Santeria,” he changed the line “Well, I had a million dollars” and replaced the word “million” with “billion.” Cameron did a wah-wah guitar solo and took on the water of liquid death.
Then came the hard part of the show: the police intervention that Tyler needed to hit the high notes sung so effortlessly by a young Sting in his 1980s glory.
“So Lonely” segued into “Message in a Bottle,” which segued into the powerful “Synchronicity II” (“Factory dirt in the sky!” sang Tyler) before settling into the reggae vibe of “Walking on the Moon.” .” Tyler was pushing his voice to the limit. Why not make it easier on yourself by starting with the bottom button? But this is not the Winklevoss way.
The crowd sang along to another, “Flagpole Sitta,” a 1997 hit by Harvey Danger. When the music stopped, a young man in the audience repeatedly chanted obscenities against Mark Zuckerberg, who the Winklevoss twins unsuccessfully sued, accusing them of denying them their fair share of Facebook money.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Tyler told the raucous crowd with a hint of a smile on his face.
He got nostalgic during the intro to Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow.”
“Let’s go to the early 90s, shall we?” Tyler told the crowd. “What are you thinking? Early ’90s? Pre-internet? Can you handle it? No social media? Okay, you want to go back there?”
He channeled Eddie Vedder’s roar. Cameron crushed two solos.
“Ooooooooo!” said the people.
“We’re going to stay in the early 90s for this next one,” Tyler said. “Are you ready for Nirvana?”
The crowd roared again.
“Well, apparently so!”
Then came “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” As they played the next song, “Suck My Kiss” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, their mother, Carol, clapped along to the beat as their father, wearing a blue blazer and button-down shirt, kept a stoic demeanor.
For the song “You’re So Last Summer”, “Taking Back Sunday”, Cameron wore a Mars Junction hat. More was available on the trading desk for $20.02.
After the audience sang “Mr. Brightside” Killers from Mars Junction offered a pair of Journey songs as an encore: “Don’t Stop Believin” and “Any Way You Want It”. The lights came on to the sound of AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” on the Talkhouse sound system. The twins went out for a late dinner with their parents at Gurney’s in Montauk.
Before Sunday night’s show, the brothers spoke for a moment in the Talkhouse upstairs. When Tyler opened Liquid Death, he said the previous night’s show felt like coming home, noting that his parents still had a beach house in nearby Quogue. He added that Mars Junction was somewhat vulnerable because it plays such familiar songs.
“When you play covers, you’re being judged against the record,” Tyler said. “The more iconic the song, the more people know the record and it’s a bit different live. So it’s a tough job. “
The twins say the Mars Junction experience taught them that the life of a touring musician can be exhausting.
“You have to rest for these shows,” Tyler said. “It’s a huge effort, and as a vocalist, your voice can go if you’re not careful.”
“The guitar doesn’t get tired,” Cameron said. “But people do.”