The pandemic coronavirus canceled the tours of music of great artists, but some have found a new stage to sing: the halls of their homes.
John Legend, Bono, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Pink, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Juanes and Alejandro Sanz have given concerts virtual from their homes while the world continues to practice social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus.
“I mean, normally we don’t do live gigs in a bathrobe from our homes,” said Legend to the Associated Press on Tuesday night, hours after giving a concert of nearly an hour for Facebook and Instagram Live. “It is a great way to connect with people and make them feel something of love and intimacy and connection, even when it has to be stuck in his house.”
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“There are so many people dealing at this moment with much stress, trauma, anxiety, all those things, and don’t know what to do. And many musicians and artists who cannot get out to do what we do: performing live in venues with a lot of people,” he added. “So we are trying to find ways to keep in contact with them and give them some love”.
The singer-songwriter and pianist was pleased to orders of their fans and performed hits from his repertoire as he often does in his live concerts. The acting Legend was in support of the new series of concerts promoted by the World Health Organization “Together at Home” (“at home Together”), created in an effort to fight against the coronavirus, that only causes mild symptoms such as fever and cough in most people, but that may be more severe in some cases, particularly in older adults and people with pre-existing health problems. People with mild symptoms recover in about two weeks, whereas those with a more severe case could take three to six weeks to recover.
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Other artists have also found creative ways to communicate with their followers.
Miley Cyrus launched a talk show journal for Instagram Live, “Bright Minded: Live with Miley” (2:30 p. m. eastern time), to give them positive messages and comfort. The show Tuesday included the singer and actress Demi Lovato and Wednesday will have Amy Schumer and her husband, Chris Fischer, as well as to Lauren Speed and Cameron Hamilton from the popular series of Netflix “Love Is Blind”.
Rolling Stone magazine, which closed its offices as a lot of other companies to prevent the spread of the virus, has launched a new series of concerts “In My Room” by IGTV on Wednesday at 3 p. m. eastern time, with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys performing “In My Room” and other classics. New episodes can be seen Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Brandon Flowers of The Killers tweeted a video of himself washing hands while singing the anthem of the band, “Mr. Brightside”, while Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted a live video in which she performed a song unreleased from “Hamilton”. The editorial director of Netflix Jasmyn Lawson tweeted on Monday an invitation to a virtual feast for the documentary epic Beyoncé’s “HOMECOMING” on Wednesday.
“We had never been in this kind of space, and it is really amazing to see the artists join together to figure out how to bring joy and comfort and happiness to their fans in these crazy times we are living in,” said Kevin O’donnell, director of music societies of Twitter. “I think that creativity is only going to increase even more.”
The excantante One Direction Niall Horan, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, Rob Thomas, JoJo, Christine and the Queens, Yungblud, David Foster and Katharine McPhee have also joined the musical community who is singing live to their fans on social networks. Even Neil Young is considering jumping into the water.
The singer and actor of “Glee” Chord Overstreet launched a series of live performances on YouTube this week, appropriately named “Quarantine Sessions”, while OneRepublic not only is playing music, is also giving cooking classes in their networks. Some artists are playing it from establishments empty: the rock band was nominated for Grammy Code Orange transmitted in a live performance from the Roxian Theatre in Pittsburgh via Twitch this week.
Other artists in the house are getting the way to promote new albums or to compensate for the cancellation or postponement of their presentations.
The cancelled festival of Luck Reunion, an annual event held in the backyard of the home of Willie Nelson, will continue Thursday (7 p. m. eastern time) as a free streaming, with the participation of artists such as Lukas Nelson, Jewel, Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price from their respective houses.
The superastros of Latin music, Juanes and Alejandro Sanz, whose concerts were postponed due to the virus, have joined forces in a special digital since Miami last weekend, the time that Broadway stars are giving two concerts a day in a series called “Stars-in-the-House”. The band of alternative pop-rock Grouplove and singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith, who released two albums on Friday and they had tours planned, they are also broadcasting live performances.
Legend, who has been working on new music, you could still launch their songs this spring from their home.
“I have a lot of new music that is almost ready. We just have to mix it, which does not require a lot of contact. So I think we can get it out soon,” he said. “We have to decide as a community music if we’re going to let the fact that we can not go out to promote it to physically avoid the draw. I tend to think that we should get it out”.