Elvis Costello is doing his best to help millions of people who are currently self-isolating amid the coronavirus pandemic by becoming the latest musician to bring his live performances to the online stage.
“Artists4NHS is a UK based movement raising money to support the NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid19 patients,” a statement reads. “We are endorsed by NHS Charities Together and are promoting the official fund set up for the frontline carers.”
Wearing his Liverpool FC jacket, Costello rolled through a number of his fan favourite tracks before he discussed the current coronavirus crisis: “You can look on social media to find out how you might contribute,” he said while speaking to the camera. “Pretty much anything you do that adds to the solution rather than adds to the problem is the right thing to do, as you know. You don’t need me to tell you that.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 29th, more than 677,703 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 31,737 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.
Costello also took questions from his fans during the platform, admitting that he “was a little bit too full of myself, to say the least,” when he made negative comments about Linda Ronstadt’s 1980 album which covered his song ‘Alison’. “I have to be honest, when I heard her version, I thought she sang it well, but I really hated the arrangement,” he added.
See the full performance, below.