Pop stars live-stream concerts from home – a glimmer of hope in a quarantined world?
In a heartwarming gesture amidst the lockdown that has gripped the world in grief over the coronavirus pandemic, stars including Coldplay, Yungblud and Christine And The Queens, are live-streaming gigs to tackle “boredom” and possible anxiety of staying at home.
Chris Martin of Coldplay won his fans’ hearts when the singer played an impromptu set on Instagram Live, answering their questions and taking requests of singing a song of their liking. The gig also featured a cover of David Bowie’s Life From Mars.
New Zealand-Australian singer Keith Urban also played a live gig on Instagram along with his wife Nicole Kidman, referring to her as his “audience of one.”
Yungblud, a punk-pop singer, gave his fans a treat in the form of an hour-long show from LA. The English singer played in an empty room while telling his fans to jam along at home.
“Get on your bed, your kitchen table, your couch – and jump!” shouted the musician, as he played one of his recent singles to a camera.
The star told a news source he wished to “give people a bit of positivity, laughter, and emotion” in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic, but it also helped him stay happy.
“Having the opportunity to connect with fans taken away from me wasn’t gonna be an option,” he told a media source. “It’s a time to not give up and think out of the box – out of bad situations and despair comes incredible art, no matter what form that may be.”
French singer-songwriter Christine and the Queens also did her share of spreading joy to the fans during this ardous time. The singer staged live shows at night from their Ferber recording studio in Paris.
“Why not meet everyday at 6pm EST on my Instagram?” wrote the star in a message to the fans. “I’ll find a way to deal with the ennui. Guests and weird concepts included.”
A video of her singing the acoustic version of her recent single, People I’ve Been Sad, was posted on social media a day ago.
Media sources say, although the shows are effectively spreading a sense of community to fans and other artists, incurring financial loss of shows not performed is inevitable.
Governments in countries abroad of shut down clubs, theatres, venues of all sorts, and banned gatherings of more than ten people.
As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts everyday life and wreaks havoc on economies everywhere, news sources say that the live music industry is estimated to lose an exceedingly large amount of money. Industries all around the world, especially airline and tourism, are subject to massive economic losses. One wonders when this epidemic will subside, and we will finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In a time of terror such as this, artists like these providing a creative outlet in hopes of spreading positivity, is indeed a spark of joy. This gesture serves as an example for us to do the same for our loved ones and remind ourselves, at the end of the day, we are one as a community – one under the same sky.