Coronavirus stay-at-home orders lead to a full bill of live-streamed concerts

John Legend and Chris Martin of Coldplay are just some of the musicians who have taken to performing virtual concerts after the coronavirus pandemic resulted in stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders that led to mass cancellations of events. 

Singer-songwriter Jason Isbell played the entirety of his new album “Reunions,” during a May 15 live stream performance at Nashville's Brooklyn Bowl, a bowling alley and live events venue. Previously, he had accompanied his wife Amanda Shires on her “I So Lounging” series of live streams from their home. 

The Rolling Stones were among those performing during “One World: Together At Home” on April, 18, 2020. The global broadcast and digital special was held to support frontline healthcare workers and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, powered by the UN Foundation.  You can watch the band's performance on YouTube.

The Roots have been providing a constant stream of entertainment on their YouTube channel including DJ sets by Questlove, shown here performing during the Concert for Peace and Justice at Riverwalk Amphitheatre in Montgomery, Ala. on Friday April 27, 2018. The band's Instagram page serves as a guide to the schedule. 

Sheryl Crow, at left, shown with Brandi Carlile during the To Nashville, With Love A Concert Benefiting Local Tornado Relief Efforts on March 9, 2020, has done a live online solo concert, participated in a benefit for Oxfam and performed during the One World Together At Home broadcast.

Neil Young, pictured here from 2018, has been posting Fireside Sessions performances recorded from his home by wife Daryl Hannah on the Neil Young Archives web site

Perfomer H.E.R. has been hosting Girls With Guitars music events on Instagram Live

Elton John was also among the performers on “One World: Together At Home.” But he also is scheduled to join an Amazon Prime Video watch party on Twitter Friday night, May 29, of the movie “Rocketman.” 

The Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have done live online shows recently and Jay Gonzalez has one scheduled for Friday, May 29. The band had to cancel some of the tour promoting their latest album “The Unraveling,” released on Jan. 31. The band is (left to right) Matt Patton, Brad Morgan, Jay Gonzalez, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley.

American singer-songwriter John Legend is seen performing live on an iPad as One World Together At Home is streaming live on April 19, 2020 in Hong Kong, China.

John Legend has done solo online free shows from home and appeared during the “One World: Together At Home” performing “Bigger Love” on his own, “Stand By Me” with Sam Smith and “The Prayer” with Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli and Lang Lang. He also appeared during “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort,” which premiered April 22.

Dave Matthews performed March 26 and May 28 as part of Verizon's Pay It Forward Live series, which supports the telecom company's coronavirus initiative to help small businesses. Matthews also performed during At Home With Farm Aid on April 11. 

Chris Martin performed “Yellow” at “One World” and joked, “This is 20 years old now. It may be older than some of you.” He also performed a solo show on the Coldplay Instagram page in March to benefit the WHO and Global Citizen. 

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Teddy Riley were among those who have participated in online Verzuz “battles” chronicling musicians' careers on Instagram Live over the past few weeks.

Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell performed during “One World: Together At Home” presented by Global Citizen on April, 18, 2020.

Bruce Springsteen has been serving as a DJ on Sirius XM during the pandemic. And on Friday, May 29, at 6 p.m. will perform from home with the Dropkick Murphys who will be live from an empty Fenway Park. The concert to raise money or Boston charities will be on the band's Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch pages . 

Travis Scott held a live performance inside the online game ‘Fortnite’ on April 23, 2020, and drew more than 12 million players within the game.

Rapper Travis Scott, whose live performance inside the online game ‘Fortnite’ on April 23, 2020, drew more than 12 million players within the game, here performs on day 2 of Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, shown here with John Legend and author Tim Rice at the Emmy Awards in 2018, has been active on his Twitter page recently, discussing his scores, sharing playlists, chatting along with a playback of the 1998 'Cats' and, back in March, having a piano playoff with Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Fringed and masked Canadian alt-country performer Orville Peck will perform Friday, May 29 in an Oculus Venues VR concert produced by Supersphere. Peck is shown here at the 62nd annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2020 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Emily Haines of Metric has been doing live performances on Instagram Live on the band's Instagram page during the pandemic shutdown.

Alicia Keys performed during Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 on May 16, 2020. The event sought to stand in for graduation ceremonies that had been canceled across the U.S., due to the coronavirus shutdown. She also performed on “Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort.”

In this screengrab, Keith Urban performs during “One World: Together At Home” presented by Global Citizen on April, 18, 2020. The recorded performance allowed Urban to be joined by two additional Keiths on the song “Higher Love.”

Lizzo sang Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” during “One World: Together At Home” presented by Global Citizen on April, 18, 2020.

Starting June 1, Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee will play one of her five albums in their entirety during a live stream each Monday, with some proceeds to benefit indie promoters. 

The band Radkey performed May 16, 2020 from their home in Kansas City, Mo., as part of a benefit for the Midwest Music Foundation. You can see an archived performance on Facebook.


The hard rock-metal band Metallica has been hosting #MetallicaMondays on its YouTube channel with full-length concerts from its career. Donations benefit the band's charity “All Within My Hands,” which supports organizations such as Feeding America and 

Back in March, singer P!nk shared a “free concert slash piano lessons” performance on her Instagram page. In April she told fans via Instagram on Friday that she had tested positive and recovered from COVID-19, according to People. Here she performs at US Airways Center in Phoenix on February 13, 2013.

Thom Yorke of British rock band Radiohead. The group has been releasing weekly concert footage from archival performances on their YouTube channel.

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