After coronavirus forced Sanders to suspend major campaign rallies, rock legend Young and Anderson .Paak’s backing band the Free Nationals joined the likes of Jim James in performing a selection of tracks to support the Democratic presidential hopeful.
Young performed ‘Heart of Gold’ in front of a stone fireplace, playing acoustic guitar. He was later joined by wife Daryl Hannah and their dog for the online broadcast.
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) March 16, 2020
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 16, 2020
The Free Nationals, meanwhile, played tracks including ‘Shibuya’, ‘Eternal Light’ and ‘Gidget’ as the rally was broadcast on Twitter.
Speaking ahead of the live broadcast, Jim James said: “There are so many of us that just want to find common ground with all living beings so that we can move forward together as a world to live in peace, good health, and equality.
“Bernie speaks and lives the truth and has worked his entire life fighting for truth and justice- bringing people together for the common good and that is why I believe he can help unite us now.”
As coronavirus continues to spread across the US, New York mayor Bill de Blasio has issued an executive order to close all movie theaters, concert venues, nightclubs and small theatres.
Mayor de Blasio confirmed that the executive order will come into force on Tuesday, and described the disease as an “unprecedented threat”.