Stevie Wonder - ‘Lean On Me’ & ‘Love’s In Need Of Love Today’
Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Bill Withers with an exceptional rendition of the soul singer’s 1972 hit single, ‘Lean On Me’, following his brief speech on how we have to lean on each other for help during difficult times like these. He also swayed the cover into one of his own classics; ‘Love’s In Need Of Love Today’. We can see in this 3-minute clip how even after 59 years in the music game, Stevie still hasn’t lost his touch.
Lizzo - ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
Lizzo chose to cover Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ and did it in style. The choice of the song could be seen as a metaphorical reference to the way the world was heading before the coronavirus pandemic and the changes we might see in the world after it is over.
The Rolling Stones - ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’
The Rolling Stones took part in the event too. They cleverly arranged a video call so that each of the four-piece was involved and despite Keith Richards seeming slightly passed his sell-by date, the band put on quite a performance with ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ from their hit 1969 album, ‘Let It Bleed’. Once again the choice of song could be a metaphor for how people have had to compromise their everyday routines and future plans for the good of the world.
Billie Eilish & Finneas - ‘Sunny’
Billie Eilish’s rendition of Bobby Hebb’s ‘Sunny’ highlighted her true vocal talent and I’m sure many viewers would find it hard to believe the girl’s only 18. It’s always difficult for us at Repeat to see talent as good as that from someone born in 2001 (2 years after all of us). Finneas accompanies her on the piano which brings the cover to life even further.
Jack Johnson - ‘Better Together’
Jack Johnson’s hit classic ‘Better Together’ is certainly a nostalgic track for me and I’m sure many other members of generation Z. He again is another artist who hasn’t lost his touch and his performance was enough to lift anyone’s spirits with his staple acoustic guitar.
Billie Joe Armstrong - ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’
Though Green Day may not be as popular as they used to be, this track will always be a classic, and Billie Joe Armstrong’s voice will always be undeniably banging. Armstrong’s emotional performance was accompanied by images of the deserted streets which have come as a result of half the world being under lockdown.
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