UPDATE: Fountains of Wayne will play their first live set in seven years at the Jersey 4 Jersey benefit concert, paying tribute to late band member Adam Schlesinger, who died earlier this month from complications related to COVID-19. Surviving Fountains of Wayne members Chris Collingwood, Jody Porter and Brian Young will perform with fellow New Jersey native Sharon Van Etten, who will 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,” Collingwood said in a statement. “Adam would have been proud that Fountains were helping to raise money for fellow New Jerseyans.”
Organized by the newly launched New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF), the Jersey 4 Jersey fundraiser will be broadcast on April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. EST via Apple Music and AppleTV apps, E Street Radio on SiriusXM, local television stations WABC, WPVI, WPIX, News12 and NJTV, as well as radio outlets including 1010 WINS, WCBS 880, CBS-FM, WFAN, New York’s Country 94.7, Alt 92.3 and Q104.3.
Bruce Springsteen announced that he is teaming up with other New Jersey native celebrities for a #JerseyForJersey event that will raise money for the NJ pandemic relief fund. Tune in April 22nd on @ABCNetwork! pic.twitter.com/kgOKiqL15y
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2020
Other performers include Chelsea Handler, Tony Bennett, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Charlie Puth, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart, SZA and Saquon Barkley. All participants will be performing from their homes.
“New Jersey is on the front lines of this pandemic, making it more important than ever for us to do what Jersey does best — take care of one another,” Tammy Murphy, New Jersey’s First Lady, said in the announcement. “That’s why we’re asking everyone in our state to join the NJPRF and some of New Jersey’s finest for some much-needed musical entertainment, levity and Jersey Pride during these unprecedented times.”
The show will be produced by Joel Gallen, who previously helmed the iHeart Living Room Concert Benefit last month.