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Another Thursday, another Throwback Thursday. This time? That time Boston punk band Tree played Rosie O’Donnell.


The Rosie O’Donnell Show was a bastion of culture and entertainment from 1996 through 2002. It’s where America came together on weekdays to discuss the issues of the day and capture the zeitgeist…nah, I’m just kidding. It was Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show. And it was just like any other daytime talk show of that era or of any era, really. Those shows are a dime a dozen. Until, that is, one of them is smart enough to feature an act that doesn’t quite fit the expectations of the daytime TV talk show viewing audience. Then they’re worth paying attention to.


The story goes like this. John McDaniel was the producer and composer on The Rosie O’Donnell Show. McDaniel is a pianist and his background is in theater. He also clearly has a wicked sense of humor. In the clip below, Rosie is having your standard, run-of-the-mill “what did you do over the weekend” banter with McDaniel. McDaniel shares that he did “a little cabaret” over the weekend and offers to share a clip of his performance. And does he ever.


Tree Played Rosie O’Donnell?

Boston hardcore band TREE on the Rosie Show from Rory Owen Delaney on Vimeo.


Yes, that’s McDaniel in full punk regalia joining Dave Tree and the rest of Tree on stage for a performance of their song “Stands Alone.” I have no earthly idea how or why this took place, but it certainly made for an unexpectedly entertaining bit on Rosie’s show. I’ll have to ask Dave about it. If you missed it, he recently resurrected Tree with a new lineup and is teasing new music, too. For an old Boston punk head like me, that’s music to my ears. Dive into Tree’s catalog on their Bandcamp page.