The coronavirus pandemic has led to dozens of event cancellations, including musical festivals and concerts. Some events have simply been postponed and moved to later dates. But in the case of cancellations, some musicians are offering free livestreamed mini concerts online in an effort to keep people's spirits up.
Chris Martin of Coldplay, John Legend, Keith Urban, Pink, and Katharine McPhee and David Foster are among those who have taken to social media in recent days to offer fans a reprieve from the COVID-19 news with their musical sessions.
Chris announced his livestream on Twitter on March 16.
"Hello everyone. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy," the Coldplay frontman wrote. "If anyone feels like chatting and listening to some music, I’m going to do a livestream on the Coldplay Instagram in about 30 mins (1pm in LA / 8pm in London). love CM #TogetherAtHome"
John was a fan of the idea and adopted it.
"My friend Chris Martin did a lovely little concert from home today," he wrote. "I'll be doing one tomorrow at 1pm Pacific time. See you soon. We'll try to get through this together! #TogetherAtHome"
Former American Idol contestant Katharine and her husband David had such a blast with their first live session that she revealed they want to start doing it every day.
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hi guys- just me here wearing the same sweater for 3 days. me & the hus @davidfoster had so much fun at the piano today going live. we wanna try and do it everyday at 5:30 PT cuz what else is there to do? Song suggestions below? ⬇️ Thanks @erinfoster for the great idea. see ya all tomorrow? ❤️ ps- it’s crazy how many Grammys I have no?
"Me & the hus @davidfoster had so much fun at the piano today going live," she wrote on Instagram. "We wanna try and do it everyday at 5:30 PT cuz what else is there to do?" She also asked fans to send in their song suggestions!
Pink, Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie, Yungblud, Yo-Yo Ma and L Devine are other musicians who have spread the music online so far.
The virtual shows are also serving as a great way to connect people in light of many governments around the world suggesting or imposing restrictions on large gatherings because of COVID-19. The concerts also offer something for those who are practising social distancing or have self-quarantined.
The coronavirus has dramatically affected and changed the world already. In terms of music, it's already had a huge impact. Last week, the 2020 Juno Awards were cancelled. They were originally scheduled for March 15 in Saskatoon.
Music festivals have also made changes to their schedules. The South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin was totally cancelled. Coachella, which was to take place April 10-12 and April 17-19, has been moved to Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18.
Elton John has postponed his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour and Alanis Morissette has plans to reschedule her own concert dates. Pearl Jam, Madonna, Mariah Carey and BTS are other acts that have altered tours due to the virus. Kelly Clarkson was scheduled to kick off a 2020 Las Vegas residency in Planet Hollywood on April 1, but that has been pushed back to July.