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Musical artists hold virtual concerts from home after coronavirus cancels tours

AP
Published Mar 19, 2020, 12:35 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2020, 12:35 pm IST
Other acts stuck indoors are finding ways to promote new albums or make up for canceled and postponed show
John Legend (AP)
 John Legend (AP)

New York: 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.

 

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.

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.

Former One Direction singer Niall Horan, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Rob Thomas, JoJo, Christine and the Queens, Yungblud, David Foster and Katharine McPhee have also joined the music community by livestreaming directly to fans.

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