An online tribute show to the late singer-songwriter and TV composer Adam Schlesinger is on its way this May.
“Adam Schlesinger, A Music Celebration, Virtual Show” will primarily be recorded from the Bowery Electric in New York. It’s being produced by Jody Porter, his longtime bandmate in Fountains of Wayne.
“This is a proper musical send-off for my soul brother with a bunch of talented and groovy guests that would make Adam wince,” Porter said touchingly.
Many of Schlesinger’s formerly frequent collaborators will take part. Taylor Hanson and James Iha of the band Tinted Windows will appear, as will Rachel Bloom, the star of the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which Schlesinger was famously the executive music producer and primary songwriter for during its run.
The list of others taking part is extensive and varied: Courtney Love, Sean Ono Lennon, Drew Carey, the duo of Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) and Michelle Branch, Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze), Britta Phillips, Nicole Atkins, and Ben Kweller are just some of the big names scheduled to appear.
It’s not the first tribute to take place since Schlesinger’s passing (nor will it be the last). Fountains of Wayne reunited for their first live performance in seven years last April, with Sharon Van Etten taking over on bass and backing vocals.
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“Adam Schlesinger, A Music Celebration, Virtual Show” is taking place on May 5th at 8pm ET (May 6th at 10am AEST) on the Rolling Live Platform. Tickets are priced at $20 and will go towards MusiCares and the Bowery Electric, the closed host venue itself. Tickets are now available on the Rolling Live Studios website here.
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