It had to happen. With the coronavirus pandemic having full control over most of our lives these days, it begged the question: When would “Bye, Corona” turn up from the Knack?
The rhyme scheme, paired with the band’s classic 1979 hit “My Sharona,” is undeniable — but don’t look to “Weird Al” Yankovic for an updated parody anytime soon.
Yeah, no, sorry. Not gonna do "My Corona."
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) March 3, 2020
Thankfully, Berton Averre and Prescott Niles of the Knack decided to embrace the madness of our current situation and dive fully into “Bye, Corona.” In a video that surfaced this week, Averre begins by saying he won’t attempt to sing the song himself — as he and Niles are without the services of lead singer Doug Fieger, who passed away in 2010.
Instead, Averre shows off his two dogs before leading an instructional how-to video on the song’s guitar solo, before … well, just watch it:
More details, via the video’s description:
Berton and Prescott have a message for fans during another lousy day in paradise.
In a desire to aid fellow musicians who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic, The Knack, and its publishing administrators, Reach Music, have pledged to donate the first quarter 2020 digital streaming royalties for “My Sharona” — which have seen an uninvited uptick due to the crisis — to Music Health Alliance, a Nashville-based organization that provides healthcare support services to uninsured members of the music industry.
Thank you, gentlemen, for the timely and topical treat.
This comes a week or so after America the Band shared this inspired bit of time-killing via a few fans very motivated by “A Horse With Name”:
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We love to see some of you are getting creative with your time at home! To @maravannes & @sem_jonkers, thanks for brightening our week, this is fantastic! Send us videos if America has been helping you pass the time inside, it warms our hearts to know we’re all in this together. ♥️♥️♥️
We’re all just trying to find fun things to do while stuck at home, after all.