Gibson guitars are the latest company to offer music fans relief amid the global coronavirus outbreak with the launch of their ‘Homemade Sessions’ which aims to keep musicians and fans connected in these difficult times and promises live music every day on Gibson TV.
The series was kicked off earlier this week by blues musician James Jared Nicholls and so far has also featured a glorious acoustic rendition by Halestorm of ‘The Silence from their 2018 record Vicious. Lzzy Hale from Halestorm offered this hopeful statement in the video: “No matter where you are in the world music is our universal language. Creating and listening to music keeps us connected and we need it now more than ever. Stay Home, stay safe and we will all get through this together.”
Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer of Gibson, has echoed Hale’s message: “As world leaders in music, we are stepping in and bringing both legendary and new artists, music brands and industry partners together across the globe to launch ‘Gibson HomeMade’; a worldwide program to unite music lovers everywhere and spread hope through tough times.”
Some of the proceeds from Gibson TV will go to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which gives financial assistance to musicians, production crews and to anyone working in the industry who has been adversely affected by the virus. Earlier this week, Father John Misty shared a surprise live album titled Off-Key in Hamburg available exclusively Bandcamp where the proceeds from the record were also going towards the MusiCares’ COVID-19 relief fund.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 27th, more than 540,847 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 24,294 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.