On April 22nd, Fountains of Wayne will reunite for their first live performance in seven years to pay tribute to their late bandmate Adam Schlesinger — who passed away on April 1st of coronavirus complications.
The performance is part of the JERSEY 4 JERSEY coronavirus relief benefit. The event will see the likes of Bruce Springsteen, SZRA, Bon Jovi, Halsey and more join forces to raise money for the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.
Fountains of Wayne have enlisted the help of New Jersey songwriter Sharon Van Etten to fill in on bass and backing vocals.
“Brian, Jody and I are honored to be part of the Jersey 4 Jersey benefit, and grateful that Sharon was able to perform with us,” Chris Collingwood said in a statement. “Adam would have been proud that Fountains were helping to raise money for fellow New Jerseyans.”
“As a New Jersey native, it means so much to me to participate in the NJPRF charitable event that gives back to this community,” Van Etten added. “Adam was an incredible songwriter and I am truly humbled to join Fountains of Wayne in his honor.”
The JERSEY 4 JERSEY concert takes place on Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern.
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On April 17th the cast of Tom Hanks’ 1996 film That Thing You Do! reunited for a special performance to raise money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. It is also an occasion to honour to legacy of Adam Schlesinger, who wrote the Oscar-nominated title theme for the film.