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Buckingham, Parker Perform at ‘This is 40′ Party

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Graham Parker and the Rumour played the Roxy in Los Angeles for the first time in 30 years on Wednesday night (Dec. 12), headlining a three-act ‘This is 40‘ soundtrack release party. After shorter sets by Ryan Adams and Lindsey Buckingham, Parker’s band began a 22-song set that included songs from ‘Howlin’ Wind (1976)’ through ‘Three Chords Good‘ (2012).

The Judd Apatow comedy stars Paul Rudd as a music executive trying to save a tanking record by Parker, who appears as himself in the movie, while dealing with the struggles and well-known troubles (along with a few joys) of turning 40. The musician has two songs on the soundtrack, including ‘Watch the Moon Come Down’ from ‘Stick to Me’ and ‘What Do You Like,’ a song he recorded with the Punch Brothers. A review at Hitfix.com lists those as amongst the highlights from his set, along with ‘Nobody Hurts You’ and ‘Protection.’ All five original members of the Rumour have been with him on the recent reunion tour.

Buckingham played four songs but none of the three that appear on the soundtrack. Hitfix gives his set — which included ‘Shut Us Down’ and ”Go Insane’ — high regards, but Billboard points out that he struggled to get into the venue. Unable to find a back door entrance, he lined up with concertgoers at the box office and sold his plight to the attendant who eventually let him in.

The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney also have songs on the ‘This is 40′ soundtrack, which was released this week in advance of the movie which is out on Dec. 21.

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