The 40-year-old billionaire twins, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, have been on the road with their rock band, March Junction, since early last month, cruising the country to deliver their versions of Blink-182, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Police, Pearl Jam and trip. Tyler sings. Cameron plays guitar. On Saturday, they roll into Amagansett, New York, a Long Island beach town not far from where they spent their childhood summers.
They arrived in stately style, navigating Main Street in a 45-foot Prevost bus with “Mars Junction” in huge letters on its side. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter brought the stern. The twins’ entourage included the band’s four musicians, a documentary filmmaker, merchandise seller, and a diverse crew.
The two cars in front of me Stephen Talkhousea place with an old salt vibe where a number of notable artists have occupied the stage for decades, including Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Sheila E, and Susan Vega. Mars Junction He would wrap up the tour with two nights at Talkhouse on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets were $50.
The twins, whose crypto company Gemini laid off 10 percent of its staff in the latest crypto crash, bumped their way to Amagansett. An audience member at the band’s show at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ, posted a video of Tyler trying and failing to match Steve Perry’s high crystal tones in Mars Junction’s performance of Journey’s 1981 song “Don’t Stop Believin.” The clip went viral. Big, and comments on social media about the twins — former Olympic rowers who made a fortune in Bitcoin after playing a role in creating Facebook — are getting hot.
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who were born in nearby Southampton and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, received a warmer reception at the Talkhouse. By 7 p.m. Saturday, the place was crowded, mostly young men in Bermuda shorts and summer dresses who seemed to belong to the same crowd as the Harvard-educated twin. Their parents, Carol and Howard Winklevoss, were present, as were several of the family’s friends.
The twins took to the stage and entered their opening opening, “Top Gun Anthem,” useful topic For the 1986 movie and its final sequel. With his moustache, slicked-back hair, aviator shade, and wallet chain dangling from his back pocket, Tyler caught a look somewhere between “Top Gun” and Tommy Bahama. Dressed in an orange shirt and white pants, Cameron had the vibe of a surfer.
Suddenly, legs wide apart and microphone aside, Tyler leads the band to Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name. “Now do what they told you!” He sang before leaping into the crowd, engaging in a flurry of fist bumps with the faithful of the Mars Junction.
“How’s it going, Talkhouse!” He said after the song was finished. “July 4th weekend, it’s the big occasion! Are you guys ready to rock?”
The blows kept appearing: Kings of Leon “Sex on Fire”; “The Wolf” by Mumford & Sons; The Red Hot Chili Peppers “Can’t Stop”. When Tyler sang “Santeria” for Sublime, he changed the sentence “Well, I had a million dollars” by replacing the word “million” with the word “billion.” Cameron executed a guitar solo and took a large gulp of Liquid Death water.
Then came the hard part of the show: the police mix, which required Tyler to hit the high notes that young Sting sang in his ’80s glory.
“So Lonely” was split into “Message in a Bottle,” which turned into the sassy “Synchronicity II” (“The Factory Spits Filth in the Sky!”.” Tyler was pulling his voice to the limit. Why not make it easier on himself by starting it up? Low key?But that’s not the Winklevoss way.
The audience sang along with the next song, “Flagpole Sitta,” which was a hit in 1997 for Harvey Danger. As the music faded, a young audience member repeatedly shouted an obscene hymn against Mark Zuckerberg, who the Winklevoss twins unsuccessfully sued, accusing him of depriving them of their fair share of Facebook money.
“I don’t know what you’re saying,” Tyler said to the boisterous fan, a hint of a smile on his face.
He felt nostalgic when he was introduced to Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow”.
“Let’s go in the early ’90s, yeah?” Tyler told the audience. “What do you think? Early ’90s? Before the internet? Can you handle this? No social media? Well, do you want to go back there?”
He channeled Eddie Vader’s roar. Cameron tuned two solos.
“Fabulous!” said the crowd.
“We’re going to stay in the early ’90s for the next day,” Tyler said. “Are you ready for some serenity?”
The crowd shouted again.
“Well, that sounds like yes!”
Then came “it smells like fig spirit.” As they played the next song, their mother, Carol, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, clapped to the beat while their father wore a blue jacket and button-down shirt, maintaining a demure demeanor.
For the song “You So Last Summer” by Take Back Sunday, Cameron wore a Mars Junction hat. More was available on the merchandise counter for $20.02 per piece.
After the audience sang along the song “Mr. The Mars Junction Channel featured “Bright Side” by the Killers, a pair of Journey songs as replays: “Don’t Stop Believin” and “Any Way You Want It”. The lights got to the sound of AC/DC’s “Hell Bells” on the Talkhouse sound system. The twins left for a late dinner with their parents at Gurney’s in Montauk.
Before the Sunday evening show, the brothers took a moment to chat in an upstairs room at the Talkhouse. When Tyler opened Liquid Death, he said the previous night’s show was like coming home and noted that his parents still own the beach house in nearby Quogue. He added that Mars Junction was in a rather weak position, as he plays such familiar songs.
“When you play the songs, you are judged for the recording,” Tyler said. “The more famous the song, the more people knew the recording, and the song became a little bit different. So it’s difficult.”
The twins said one thing the Mars Junction experience has taught them is that the life of a touring musician can be stressful.
“You have to rest with these shows,” Tyler said. “It’s a lot of effort, and as a singer, your voice can go haywire if you’re not careful.”
“Guitars don’t tire,” Cameron said. “But humans do.”