Courtney Love, James Iha, Peter Buck, & Many More To Play Adam Schlesinger Tribute Concert
One of the noteworthy musicians to die from COVID-19 complications was Adam Schlesinger, the power-pop mastermind who had a hand in Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy, and a bunch of musically inclined TV and movie projects such as That Thing You Do! and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. There were abundant tributes to Schlesinger upon his death last April, including a couple on this very website. A number of noteworthy musicians covered his songs, and some others contributed to a tribute album. And now, a year later, he’s getting a full-on all-star virtual tribute concert.
Adam Schlesinger: A Music Celebration will air online via Rolling Live Studios on May 5. Performers confirmed for the gig include Courtney Love, James Iha, Peter Buck, Drew Carey, Mickey Dolenz, Patrick Carney and Michelle Branch, Chris Carrabba, Taylor Hanson, Sean Ono Lennon, Ben Kweller, Scott McCaughey, Britta Phillips, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Butch Walker, Ben Lee, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, Robert Schwartzman of Rooney, Eli Janney of Girls Against Boys, Justin Pierre of Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Schlesinger’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend songwriting partner Rachel Bloom, and more. In a press release, Schlesinger’s Fountains Of Wayne bandmate Jody Porter says, “This is a proper musical send-off for my soul brother with a bunch of talented and groovy guests that would make Adam wince.”
Tickets for the online event cost $20 and can be purchased here. Net proceeds will benefit the shuttered NYC music venue the Bowery Electric and MusiCares, a charity that supports struggling musicians. The show starts at 8PM ET on May 5.