Musicians including John Legend, Chris Martin livestream concerts over coronavirus
A slew of musical artists — including Chris Martin and John Legend — are going virtual, performing concerts from the comfort of their homes and livestreaming them amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“So I’m on my own,” Coldplay frontman Martin said Monday on Instagram Live, “in the house where I am, where I live.”
Saying he was supposed to be with his band, Martin explained, “But we’re stuck in different countries, so we can’t play together. So I thought what would be nice would be to check in with some of you out there and see how you’re doing, and where you are, and what I can do for you.”
Martin, 43, went on to take song requests from fans holed up in their homes in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The “Viva La Vida” singer dubbed the mini concert “#TogetherAtHome.”
Trump administration officials, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local leaders have urged Americans to stay in their residences in an attempt to try to halt the spread of COVID-19. Large gatherings have been discouraged and banned in some states, leading to cancellations of concerts and other major events throughout the world.
“All of Me” singer Legend said he would follow Martin’s lead of performing a “lovely little concert from home” on Tuesday that would be livestreamed.
My friend Chris Martin did a lovely little concert from home today. I’ll be doing one tomorrow at 1pm Pacific time. See you soon. We’ll try to get through this together! #TogetherAtHome https://t.co/YZ8Y1W8esc
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 16, 2020
Legend, 41, later quipped on Twitter that he might serenade his fans without even getting fully dressed.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 17, 2020