A number of big-name musicians are sharing live performances for housebound fans during the coronavirus pandemic.
The concerts on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are attracting big crowds as stir-crazy Americans look for a diversion from the barrage of grim COVID-19 headlines. A recent show by husband-wife duo Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, for instance, had a Facebook Live audience of 3.4 million.
"We're all in this together," Brooks told viewers at one point during the hourlong performance.
Radiohead is uploading weekly concert videos from the band's archives to their YouTube page. The series starts Thursday at 5 pm EDT with "Live from a Tent in Dublin," filmed in Ireland in 2000 and featuring many tracks from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' "Kid A" album.
Also on Thursday, Keys will play an intimate concert from her home as part of Verizon's "Pay It Forward Live" series, which brings together artists across entertainment to help support small businesses impacted by coronavirus. The series, which Dave Matthews kicked off two weeks ago, streams at 8 pm EDT/5 pm PDT on the @Verizon Twitter account and Yahoo Entertainment.
On Instagram, Thomas started what he's calling "social distance sessions," periodic performances featuring some of his best-known songs.
"During these uncertain times, the entire world is shutting itself down," he wrote. "Part of that means that people aren’t going out and enjoying live music or any entertainment. I’m kicking this off and I invite all my brothers and sisters in the music world to go on Instagram and share a little something with people to help them while they hunker down in their homes."
Global Citizen's "Solidarity at Home" series features performances by a number of singers, with new episodes continuing to drop. Participants so far have included Chris Martin, Ziggy Marley, OneRepublic, Jennifer Hudson and Charlie Puth. The organization's star-studded "One World: Together at Home" benefit concert, curated by Lady Gaga and featuring Billie Eilish, will air April 18.
While the focus for most performers has been on live performances, others are digging up treasures from the vault. As part of "Metallica Mondays," the heavy metal group is now streaming retro performances on YouTube at 8 p.m. Mondays.
And for youngsters, New York's Lincoln Center has launched "Lincoln Center at Home." Offerings include online classes at 10 a.m. weekdays focused on topics such as writing songs and making pieces of art. Periodic kid-friendly concerts are planned as well.
Contributing: Bryan Alexander
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