‘Ready to rock, you guys?’ The Winklevoss twins play at Amagansett.

40-year-old billionaire twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have been on the road with their rock band, Mars Junction, since early last month, criss-crossing the country delivering their versions of songs by Blink-182, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Police, Pearl Jam and Journey. Tyler sings; Cameron plays guitar. On Saturday, they arrived in Amagansett, NY, the Long Island beach town not far from where they spent their childhood summers.

They arrived in grand style, driving down Main Street in a 45-foot Prevost tour bus with “Mars Junction” in huge lettering on the side. A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter brought up the rear. The suite of twins included the band’s four musicians, a documentary filmmaker, a merchandise salesman, and various staff members.

The two vehicles parked in front of the Stephen Talkhouse, a salty old vibe venue where a number of big-name artists have taken the stage over the decades, including Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Sheila E. and Suzanne Vega. Junction of Mars closed out the tour with two nights at the Talkhouse on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets were $50.

The twins, whose cryptocurrency firm, Gemini, laid off 10% of its staff in the recent crypto crash, hit a bump in the road 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 vocalist Steve Perry’s crystal-clear high notes in Mars Junction’s rendition of the 1981 hit Journey. “Don’t Stop Believing”. ‘.” The clip went viral and the comments on social media about the twins – former Olympic rowers who made their fortunes in Bitcoin after playing a part in the creation of Facebook – were very hot.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who were born in nearby Southampton and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, had a much warmer welcome at the Talkhouse. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the place was packed, mostly young adults in Bermuda shorts and sundresses who appeared to be from the same crowd as the Harvard-educated twins. Their parents, Carol and Howard Winklevoss, were in attendance, along with several family friends.

The twins took to the stage and dove into their opener, “Top Gun Anthem,” the instrumental theme from the 1986 film and its recent sequel. With his mustache, slicked back hair, aviator sunglasses and wallet chain hanging from a 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, legs spread and microphone held to the side, Tyler led the band into Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name.” “Now you do what they told you!” he sang before jumping into the crowd, where he engaged in a flurry of high-fives and punches with the Mars Junction faithful.

“What’s up, Talkhouse!” he says after the end of the song. “The 4th of July weekend is the big one! Ready to rock, guys? »

Successes followed: “Sex on Fire” by the Kings of Leon; “The Wolf” by Mumford & Sons; “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. When Tyler sang “Santeria” from Sublime, he changed the line “Well, I had a million dollars” by replacing the word “million” with “billion”. Cameron performed a wah-wah guitar solo and took a sip of Liquid Death water.

Then came the tough part of the show: the police medley, which required Tyler to hit the high notes so easily sung by a young Sting in his 1980s glory.

“So Lonely” morphed into “Message in a Bottle,” which morphed into “Synchronicity II” (“The factory is spitting dirt into the sky!” Tyler sang) before settling down in the reggae atmosphere of “Walking on the Moon”. .” Tyler was stretching his voice to the limit. Why not make it easier by starting with a lower pitch? But that’s not the Winklevoss method.

The crowd sang along with the next one, “Flagpole Sitta”, a 1997 hit for Harvey Danger. When the music died down, a young man in the audience repeatedly shouted a profane chant at Mark Zuckerberg, whom the Winklevoss twins unsuccessfully sued, accusing him of denying them their fair share of the money. Facebook.

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

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

“Let’s go to the early 90s, yeah?” Tyler said to the crowd. “What do you think? Early 90s? Pre-internet? Can you handle that? No social media? Alright, you wanna go back?

He channeled Eddie Vedder’s growl. Cameron released two solos.

“Woooooooo! said the crowd.

“We’re going to stick with the early 90s for the next one,” Tyler said. “Ready for Nirvana?” »

The crowd shouted again.

“OK, that sounds like a yes!”

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 the beat while their father, dressed in a blue blazer and button down shirt, kept a stoic attitude. .

For the song “You’re So Last Summer”, from Taking Back Sunday, Cameron put on a Mars Junction cap. Others were available at the merchandising table for $20.02 each.

After the audience sang “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers, Mars Junction offered a pair of Journey songs as an encore: “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Any Way You Want It”. The lights went on to the sound of AC’s “Hell’s Bells” /DC on the Talkhouse sound system The twins left for a late dinner with their parents at Gurney’s in Montauk.

Before the Sunday night show, the brothers took a moment to chat in an upstairs room of the Talkhouse. As Tyler opened up a Liquid Death, he said the previous night’s show felt like a homecoming and noted that his parents still had the beach house near Quogue. He added that Mars Junction was in a somewhat vulnerable position because it plays such familiar songs.

“When you play covers, you’re judged by the recording,” Tyler said. “And the more iconic the song, the more people know about the recording, and the live is a little bit different. So that’s a tough thing.

One thing the Mars Junction experience taught them, the twins said, is that the life of a touring musician can be tiring.

“You have to rest for these shows,” Tyler said. “It’s a huge effort and, as a singer, your voice can go off if you’re not careful.”

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

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