Code Orange, Dropkick Murphys Live-Stream Concerts During Coronavirus Lockdown — More of This, Please!

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Something pretty amazing happened this past weekend. On Friday, Pittsburgh-based metal/experimental band Code Orange released a new record, Underneath. The band was set to play a hometown show/record release party the following night, but a lockdown on public gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic meant the show was off — but not really!

Code Orange decided the show was very much still on … they’d just perform in the venue without a crowd, live-streaming the whole thing on Twitch.

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That went down on Saturday night, and it was a powerful statement that live music can’t be contained, even in extremely tough times such as the one ravaging the music industry (and the world at large) right now.

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It’s anybody’s guess how long this will continue, as the entire world is currently facing a harsh reality set forth by the spread of the coronavirus. Tours have been postponed or canceled, bars/restaurants/gyms closed in several major cities  (with more undoubtedly on the way), and a stage of emergency put in place by President Trump.

It might get worse before it gets better, but there was a cathartic value to Code Orange’s decision to plow ahead with their concert — thousands watched via Twitch, and it was pretty great to see.

Boston-based punk ensemble the Dropkick Murphys, meanwhile, usually play a rousing hometown concert every March 17 for St. Patrick’s Day, but with public events canceled, they have also decided to play the gig anyway, without a gathered crowd in attendance, streaming it live for free to the world on Tuesday evening.

The show will be simulcast worldwide on Tuesday, March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT via the band’s YouTube, Facebook Live and Instagram pages, as well as via Twitch.

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Hey everyone! We hope you and your families are doing well during this trying time… For the first time in 24 years, we are not playing on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The current world situation is the ONLY thing that would ever stop us from doing so… So we came up with an idea we’re going to pull off this Tuesday – the night of St. Patrick’s Day… We’re going to bring a DKM LIVESTREAM CONCERT to EVERYONE – ALL OVER THE WORLD!! You’ll be able to watch it on our YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, Facebook Live and Twitter – presented by Boston tech company @pegasystems. Here’s the details: DROPKICK MURPHYS LIVE FROM BOSTON THIS TUESDAY – MARCH 17 7pm BOSTON TIME 4pm WEST COAST 11pm LONDON 12am BERLIN 10am SYDNEY This will be a FULL CONCERT – AND MORE !! We’re excited to entertain you on St. Patrick’s Day – live from Boston TELL YOUR FRIENDS !! THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!!

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Here’s a video announcement for the event:

Sounds like a party — just one we’ll all have to enjoy from the comfort and relative safety of our couch.

Here’s hoping more bands and artists follow suit, as this is a pretty great way to keep the music alive in such uncertain times.


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