Musicians and creators are getting … well, creative when it comes to keeping music alive during the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Tours may be canceled, gatherings of people may be on hold while the entire planet copes with the harsh realities, but the music lives. And for St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, Bono performed a new song for the masses.
The iconic U2 singer dedicated the song “For the Italians who inspired it… for the Irish… for ANYONE who this St. Patrick’s day is in a tight spot and still singing. For the doctors, nurses, carers on the front line, it’s you we’re singing to.
Here’s the video, capturing Bono on a balcony and featuring some pretty close-up shots:
We’re seeing more of these impromptu mini-concerts spring up lately as a result of everybody being stuck in their homes — Coldplay’s Chris Martin led a warm, intimate performance on Monday:
Dropkick Murphys staged their annual St. Patrick’s Day gig for an empty venue, livestreaming it for free to the masses:
John Legend followed Martin’s example and performed a set of his own via Instagram:
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Neil Young launched his Fireside Sessions performance series with a set:
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Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie started an acoustic series of his own, filmed in his home studio:
And so on. This trend is definitely catching on, so stay tuned for more as long as the pandemic maintains its stronghold over the world as we know it.