Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) to Livestream Daily Acoustic Performances from His Studio Due to Coronavirus

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The coronavirus pandemic has driven everybody indoors — tours are canceled or postponed, businesses (temporarily) shuttered, bars/restaurants closed — so some musicians are taking it upon themselves to keep the music alive, so to speak. Folks like Ben Gibbard, front man of Death Cab for Cutie, who will start livestreaming acoustic performances from his home studio on YouTube and Facebook, beginning Tuesday afternoon.

Part of the message sent from Ben Gibbard to his audience is a thank-you to fans for the support over the years, since this is in essence him returning the favor:

“Be it with DCFC, Postal Service, or solo I have always been grateful for the honor you have bestowed upon us by choosing to congregate en masse around our music. Some of you have traveled great distances and/or shelled out large sums of money to see us play and that has never been lost on me. So in this crazy unprecedented time, I’d like to return my favor by coming to you.”

Other bands and acts have taken to the livestreaming format to alleviate anxieties over the necessities of self-isolation — such as metal band Code Orange, which livestreamed its album release show over the weekend via Twitch, and Dropkick Murphys, who will livestream their annual St. Patrick’s Day gig from Boston on Tuesday evening.


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