Chris Martin, Pink & More Give Free Online Concerts Amid Coronavirus Crisis
By Paris Close
March 17, 2020
In light of all the concerts and major music events getting canceled due to coronavirus concerns, the Coldplay vocalist initiated a social media concert campaign with his at-home concert via Instagram Live on Monday (March 16) Instagram Live. “I hope you and your family are safe and healthy,” Martin tweeted. “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.”
Martin later shared a 30-minute clip from his intimate at-home performance, during which he played guitar while singing “Trouble” and “A Sky Full of Stars.”
It didn’t take long for the idea to trend, as artists like Legend, Pink Keith Urban, Rob Thomas, David Foster and Katharine McPhee also took to social media with performances of their own and those to come.
“My friend Chris Martin did a lovely little concert from home today,” the R&B star tweeted. “I'll be doing one tomorrow at 1pm Pacific time. See you soon. We'll try to get through this together! #TogetherAtHome.”
Urban, who was meant to perform last night, followed suit with a live presentation inside a warehouse where only his band and his wife, Nicole Kidman, were in attendance.
“Free concert slash piano lessons from my heart to yours. To make you feel my love 😍 rehearsals,” Pink captioned an Instagram clip of her covering Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.”
Scroll down to watch these clips and more artists’ free concerts below.
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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?
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During these uncertain times the entire world is shutting itself down. 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. #SocialDistanceSessions #SDSessions Come on @johnmayer @jason_mraz @ingridmichaelson @christrapperofficial @chrisdaughtry @mattnathanson @johnlegend @matthewkoma @countingcrows @abbyandersonmusic @brandicarlile @gavindegraw @alanis @cyndilauper
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