Fountains of Wayne Join Forces with Sharon Van Etten for Reunion Show in Honour of Adam Schlesinger

The performance will be part of the Jersey 4 Jersey benefit show

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BY Brock ThiessenPublished Apr 20, 2020

Fountains of Wayne have announced their first live performance in seven years to pay tribute to their fallen bandmate Adam Schlesinger, who recently passed away after contracting COVID-19. Filling his role, however, will be Sharon Van Etten, who will be filling in for Schlesinger's bass parts and vocals.

The concert will take place on Wednesday (April 22) at 7 p.m. ET as part of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund's Jersey 4 Jersey benefit show, which aims to raise funds to fight the impact of COVID-19. Fountains of Wayne's Chris Collingwood, Jody Porter and Brian Young will all be there alongside Van Etten.

"Brian, Jody and I are honoured to be part of the benefit, and grateful that Sharon was able to perform with us," Collingwood said in a statement. "Adam would have been proud that Fountains were helping to raise money for fellow New Jerseyans."    

Van Etten added, "As a New Jersey native, it means so much to me to participate in the NJPRF charitable event that gives back to this community. Adam was an incredible songwriter and I am truly humbled to join Fountains of Wayne in his honour."

The Jersey 4 Jersey benefit show will be broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday on Apple Music and AppleTV apps worldwide. Other notable attendees include Bruce Springsteen, Saquon Barkley, Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Halsey, Chelsea Handler, Charlie Puth, Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, SZA and more.

You can learn more at the Jersey 4 Jersey website.  

Schlesinger died of coronavirus complications on April 1. He was 52.

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