John Legend and other musical artists give virtual concerts during coronavirus outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) – The spread of the coronavirus has canceled several touring performances by prominent musical artists, but these groups have found a new place to sing: their living rooms.

John Legend, Bono, Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer, Keith Urban of Coldplay and many more have hosted virtual concerts from their homes as the world continues to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.

“I mean, we don’t normally do live shows from our house in our robes,” Legend told The Associated Press Tuesday night, hours after giving a nearly hour-long concert that aired on Facebook and Instagram. Live. “It’s a cool way to connect with people and make them feel a kind of love, intimacy and connection, even if they have to be stuck at home.”

“So many people are going through a lot of stress right now, trauma, anxiety, all of these things. And they don’t know what to do. And a lot of musicians and artists and entertainers are unable to go out and do what we do best, which is to perform live in venues with a lot of people, ”he added.“ So we are trying to find ways to stay in contact with people and give them a little love. “

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The piano superstar responded to fan requests as he sang from his living room like he does at one of his signature concerts. Legend’s performance was in support of the World Health Organization’s new online concert series ‘Together at Home’, created as part of efforts to fight the symptom-only coronavirus. mild or moderate such as fever and cough for most people, but can be severe in some cases, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems. People with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may need up to six weeks to recover.

Others have found creative ways to connect with their fans, some homebound due to school closures and others working from home.

Miley Cyrus started a daily Instagram FB,
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Live talk show titled “Bright Minded: Live with Miley” (2:30 pm EST) to offer viewers a bit of positivity and comfort. Tuesday’s show starred singer-actress Demi Lovato, and Wednesday’s schedule will include Amy Schumer and her husband, Chris Fischer, as well as Lauren Speed ​​and Cameron Hamilton from the popular Netflix reality series, “Love Is Blind. “.

Rolling Stone magazine, which has closed its offices like many businesses to prevent the spread of the virus, will launch the new IGTV performance series “In My Room” on Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST. It will feature Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys performing “In My Room” along with other classic songs; the episodes will be released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Brandon Flowers of The Killers tweeted a video of him washing his hands while singing the band’s signature hit, “Mr. Brightside,” while Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted a live video of him performing an unreleased song. of “Hamilton.” And a tweet from Netflix’s editorial director Jasmyn Lawson on Monday led to a virtual evening vigil for Beyoncé’s epic documentary “HOMECOMING,” which takes place on Wednesday.

“We’ve never been in this type of space before, and it’s really amazing to see artists come together to find ways to bring joy, solace and happiness to their fans given this time. crazy we are living in right now, ”said Kevin O’Donnell, TWTR of Twitter,
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responsible for musical partnerships. “I think the creativity will increase even more.”

Former One Direction singer Niall Horan, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Rob Thomas, JoJo, Christine and the Queens, Yungblud, David Foster and Katharine McPhee have also joined the music community by streaming live direct to fans. Neil Young is even considering going on board.

Former “Glee” actor and singer Chord Overstreet has launched a series of live performances on GOOG,
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Rightly referred to as “quarantine sessions” this week, while OneRepublic doesn’t just play games, it offers cooking classes on social media. And some bands even perform in theaters: Grammy-nominated rock band Code Orange broadcast their performance live at an empty Roxian Theater in Pittsburgh via Twitch this weekend.

Other bands stuck inside are finding ways to promote new albums or make up for canceled and postponed shows.

The canceled Luck Reunion Festival, which takes place annually in Willie Nelson’s backyard, will now run Thursday (7 p.m. EST) as a free broadcast featuring call-back sets filmed in direct by artists themselves from their own homes. Performers include Lukas Nelson, Jewel, Nathaniel Rateliff, Margo Price and more.

Latin superstars Juanes and Alejandro Sanz, whose concerts were postponed due to the virus, joined forces for a special streaming jam session in Miami this weekend, while the Broadway stars hold concerts twice a day. called “Stars in the House”. And alternative rock-pop group Grouplove and singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith, who both released albums on Friday and had tour plans to support the albums, are performing live.

Rock trio X Ambassadors have bounced around the world as several of their concert dates were canceled due to the virus. The first was China. Then Milan. And as they moved to Poland for a performance, they were told to shut down. They returned home to Los Angeles on Thursday as President Donald Trump announced a travel ban.

Sam Nelson Harris of the group said the experience was traumatic, stressful and chaotic. And as he settles in, he hopes to give his fans a cool experience from home.

“I’m pretty conservative about my use of Instagram and haven’t posted a single TikTok video, but I have all this time now to really figure out how to interact with him in a way that is authentic to me.” . And because I really want to reach out to our fans and the people who couldn’t come and see us because of the cancellations we had to make during the pandemic, ”said Harris, who has posted live performances since. at his home on Instagram this week.

The X Ambassadors have reached the Top 20 of the pop charts with “Unsteady,” “Renegades” and “Sucker for Pain” and the group – which includes drummer Adam Levin and Harris’ brother, keyboardist Casey Harris – have produced several songs. on Lizzo’s Grammy. -The winning album “Because I love you”.

“I have enough of them here at home that I can do something on my own from scratch,” Harris said of his home music. “And what I’m actively doing right now is reaching out to other producers and songwriters and trying to get people to send things back and forth. I know a lot of musicians who are out of work right now, and will be out of work for a while, so I want to try and get people involved in the music together, even though we can’t really be there together in anyone. “

Legend, who has been working on new music, may release the songs again this spring while people are confined to their homes.

“I have a bunch of new music that is almost done already. We just have to mix it up, which won’t require a lot of group contact. So I think we can let people know about it as soon as possible, ”he said.

“We have to decide as a music community if we’re going to let the fact that we can’t go out and physically promote it stop us from releasing it. And I tend to think we should get stuff out.

Legend is also in the process of determining whether his US tour, which is slated to begin in August, will continue.

The Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner compared the present day to a movie where aliens attack and “the whole earth comes together.”

“It’s one of those things that we all face as a global community. And it doesn’t discriminate based on the nation we live in or the race we are in. And we need to come together as a community and do what we need to do to help each other get through this, ”he said.

William N. Fernandez