Coronavirus has hit everyone around the world hard, causing millions of people worldwide to stop normal daily life and work. It’s a disorienting, scary time, causing untold disruption and anxiety. While things are as serious as serious can get, this moment is also showing how awesome people can be at rallying around one another and helping each other out, and that includes some of your favorite artists.
Many musicians around the internet put up free concerts for fans and those going stir crazy alike to enjoy. Artists you’d have to drop triple figure sums to see live were doing intimate performances that made it feel like you’d scored tickets to a VIP club gig. TV Guide has rounded the noteworthy performances you might have missed — but check them out fast because some are on Instagram stories that will only last 24 hours!
American treasure John Legend kicked off his #TogetherAtHome show via Instagram live and invited others, including Charlie Puth, to follow suit. As a result, Puth is now planning to put on his own at-home concert at 1 p.m. PT.
Lizzo dropped a hot flute track on Instagram that turned into the chillest meditation session the internet could ask for.
Lin-Manuel Miranda dropped a never-before-heard song from Hamilton that ended up being cut from the final production.
Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app.
But I can send you music no one’s heard. Here’s a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called I Have This Friend. No one’s heard it, not even Kail.
Funnier if you picture me and @ChrisisSingin singing it.https://t.co/lhkLP0jQeT
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 12, 2020
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 14, 2020
Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie)
Ben Gibbard, known best for his role in the bands Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service, will be doing livestream concerts for the next few weeks.
— Death Cab for Cutie (@dcfc) March 17, 2020
Yo-Yo Ma released the first of his #SongsOfComfort series on Twitter.
In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort. The first of my #SongsOfComfort: Dvořák – “Going Home”
Stay safe. pic.twitter.com/S28w6OlXiZ
— Yo-Yo Ma (@YoYo_Ma) March 13, 2020
Tony-award winning singer and actress Laura Benanti told Twitter she’d be their audience when high school musicals all over the country had to shutter their productions. Just try not to cry at the incredible responses.
Dark times for all. Trying to find some bright spots. If you were meant to perform in your High School musical and it was cancelled please post yourself singing and tag me. I want to be your audience!! Sending all my love and black market toilet paper. 💛 pic.twitter.com/BVYR4t3dJE
— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) March 13, 2020
Keith Urban put up a number of free performances for people to enjoy, including this 30-minute set.
Chris Martin (Coldplay)
Chris Martin of Coldplay did at set at home that included faves like “When I Ruled the World.”
Pink offered up what she humbly described as “Free concert slash piano lessons.”
Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20)
Rob Thomas kicked off what he called “Social Distance Sessions” that are just too pure.