Musician Adrian Grimes’ reimagining of the 1975 rock opera has nearly 3.5 million views since it was uploaded on March 21. It includes new lyrics, such as “Mama, I just killed a man / I didn’t stay inside in bed / I walked past him, now he’s dead.”
The YouTuber, however, revealed that he’s received some backlash to the lyrics. “I’ve had a few comments suggesting that this is ‘insensitive’,” he wrote. “I want to emphasise that I know where these people are coming from. My wife works in healthcare and I have two young kids; I know very well how this virus could impact my family. Every day that my wife goes to work, I hope it is another ‘bonus’ day we get together before the wave hits and I don’t have to quarantine her and stop our children from hugging her.
He continued: “However, I hope that even in those circumstances, should they occur, I will still be able to maintain a sense of humour, and a lot of comments from people already affected by coronavirus have told me how much they appreciate this. I thank you for your understanding in these unprecedented times.”
Artists have also taken the downtime afforded to them by the outbreak of COVID-19 to livestream concerts, Q&As and other media from their homes. See NME’s deep-dive into some of the earliest efforts here.