Our new reality is one of separation and self-isolation, measures put in place in order to (hopefully) curb the spread of COVID-19 during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — but that won’t keep Joan Jett & the Blackhearts from rocking.
On Monday, the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ensemble performed the song “Light of Day” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe ... but did so remotely, with all four musicians — Jett, Dougle Needles, Hal Selzer and Michael McDermott — contributing his or her part via livestream from the safety of home.
“Light of Day” is taken from the 1987 film of the same name. Originally written by Bruce Springsteen, the tune is performed in the film by the fictitious film The Barbusters, featuring Jett (who appears in the film) and Michael J. Fox.
This new development in the “concert experience” of musicians performing remotely, connecting via livestream and/or social media/mobile devices, is a welcome result of otherwise tense, confusing times.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, for example, launched a new covers series that will find him premiering a new cover song each week — he started it on Monday with a Johnny Thunders classic:
The coronavirus pandemic has basically halted our way of life for the time being, so seeing all of these innovative live music performances and ways to keep the music alive during this period is huge.
This past weekend, Sammy Hagar & the Circle jammed out a new song titled “Funky Feng Shui” while in coronavirus self-isolation. The result? A fast, loud and fun song cooked up under the strangest of circumstances: