NEW YORK, N.Y. – The spreading coronavirus canceled several touring performances from A-list musical artists, but those acts have found a new venue to sing: their living rooms.
John Legend, Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer, Keith Urban and more have held 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 concerts live from our house in a robe,” Legend told The Associated Press late Tuesday, hours after performing a nearly hour-long concert which streamed on Facebook and Instagram Live. “This is a cool way to connect with people and make them feel some kind of love and intimacy and connection, even though they have to be stuck at home.”
“So many people are dealing with a lot of stress right now, trauma, anxiety, all those 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 the thing that we do best, which is perform live at venues with lots of people,” he added. “So we're trying to find ways to stay in touch with people and give them some love.”
The piano-playing superstar took requests from fans as he crooned from his living room like he does at one of his typical live concerts. Legend’s performance was in support of the World Health Organization’s newly-launched online concert series “Together at Home,” created in efforts to fight the coronavirus, which causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough for most people but can be severe in some cases, especially older adults and people with existing health problems. People with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may need six weeks to recover.
Others have found creative ways to communicate with their fans, some homebound because of school closings and others working from home.
Miley Cyrus launched a daily Instagram live talk show called “Bright Minded: Live with Miley” (2:30 p.m. Eastern) to offer viewers some positivity and comfort. Tuesday’s show featured singer-actress Demi Lovato and Wednesday’s program 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 closed its offices like many companies to prevent the virus from spreading, will launch the new IGTV performance series “In My Room” on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Eastern. It will feature Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys performing "In My Room” as well as other classic songs; episodes will be released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.