The effects of the coronavirus pandemic and immense global concern over its spread has forced musicians and artists — along with the rest of us — into our homes. Some musicians have begun staging mini-concerts in their homes/home studios, and Neil Young is among the last to officially announce such an endeavor.
The Fireside Sessions, as it’s been titled, was announced Monday via the Neil Young Archives website, along with the message:
“Because we are all at home and not many are venturing out, we will try to do a stream from my fireplace with my lovely wife filming.
It will be a down-home production, a few songs, a little time together.”
The first Fireside Sessions performance came as part of a Bernie Sanders livestream event Monday afternoon/evening:
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) March 16, 2020
Along with this message, Neil Young also reiterated to fans that he would be leaving Facebook soon, “so if you rely on FB to contact us, prepare for change,” with an additional note that more information for future Fireside Sessions performances will be announced via social media (just not Facebook).
With this launch, Neil Young joins a growing list of musicians to stage livestream events in lieu of actual concerts during this confusing time with the coronavirus pandemic — a list including Chris Martin of Coldplay, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, and others.