When a global pandemic hits, we are all forced to do things a bit differently. Live entertainment is now a virtual experience and artists are getting more and more creative. For his most recent performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Anderson .Paak chose to drive home a much-needed message through his music. With the help of the Free Nationals and trumpeter Maurice “MoBetta” Brown, Cheeky Andy revamped his GRAMMY-winning single "Come Home" into a “Stay Home” anthem.
In the spirit of social distancing, the miracle of technology allowed each musician to stream in from nine different locations without missing a beat. Though sound quality has been an issue with a lot of recent online performances, Paak’s perfectionist spirit served fans with a studio-quality delivery complete with pristine harmonies and crisp instrumentation. He opted to change the refrain of the opening single from his 2019 album Ventura from a plea for his lover to come home to a riveting request to all to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. As music has a way of reaching the masses when other vehicles cannot, hopefully folks will heed Andy’s advice and “stay your a** at home.”
In case you missed it on Friday night, watch Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals' performance of “Come Home” on The Tonight Show right here, and be sure to add it to your growing list of pandemic playlists and performances. They are a few of the many artists whose shows were canceled due to COVID-19, and Live Nation has started the Crew Nation Fund to assist touring and venue crews whose living depends on these shows. If you are able and the spirit moves you, donate to this or one of the other many funds set up to lend a hand to our beloved artists and the staff who support them.