Death Cab For Cutie singer/guitarist Ben Gibbard is joining his fellow rock musicians who will livestream performances from the safe and private confines of their home as many around the country begin to self-quarantine amid the growing threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Late Monday night, Gibbard shared a message to the band’s Twitter account saying he will deliver daily performances by way of digital video livestream from his home studio.
“Be it with DCFC, Postal Service, or solo I have always been grateful for the honor you have bestowed upon us by choosing to congregate en masse around our music,” Gibbard said in a written statement shared with the post. “So in this crazy and unprecedented time, I’d like to return the favor by coming to YOU … For the next few weeks I will be playing songs everyday from my home studio. We will be streaming on YouTube/Facebook at 4 p.m. PST daily [7 p.m. EST]. We’re still working out the details but I’m hoping to take some requests and maybe even have a guest or two stop by digitally.”
The livestream initiative begins today (Tuesday), although as admitted in the statement, fans should expect the possibility of some technical difficulties as Gibbard’s team works on getting the stream going smoothly at first.
Gibbard is scheduled to begin a run of solo tour dates alongside Jenny Lewis collaborator Johnathan Rice next month on April 23rd, but the fate of those shows is up in the air as more spring concerts are postponed for communal health reasons. Death Cab For Cutie also toured with Jenny Lewis last spring and summer as the rock band released their ninth studio album in August with Thank You For Today.
— Death Cab for Cutie (@dcfc) March 17, 2020