Last week, as part of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund’s JERSEY 4 JERSEY benefit raising funds to fight the impact of COVID-19, the surviving members of Fountains of Wayne reunited for their first live performance in 7 years to pay tribute to songwriter, bassist, and vocalist Adam Schlesinger who passed away a month ago today. The band’s Chris Collingwood, Jody Porter and Brian Young were joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter and New Jerseyan Sharon Van Etten to fill in on bass and backing vocals on the 2003 Fountains of Wayne song “Hackensack.”
Today, the band released the recording from that performance on Bandcamp, who are waiving its revenue share on all purchases today until midnight pacific time. All net proceeds from the release will be donated to The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. It will be made available for download for one month only. The song can be purchased here and you can watch the performance of the song below.
In previewing the participants performing at last week’s Jersey 4 Jersey event, Governor Phil Murphy made a point of calling out Fountains’s inclusion, saying “I’m touched to mention that the surviving members of Fountains of Wayne, will be performing with Sharon Van Etten…in a special tribute to band co-founder and Montclarion Adam Schlesinger, who we lost to COVID-19.”
The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund’s (NJPRF) JERSEY 4 JERSEY benefit, the one-night broadcast fundraiser to fight the medical, social and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable communities, featured New Jersey’s biggest champions and celebrities participating from their homes, including Saquon Barkley, Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Halsey, Chelsea Handler, Charlie Puth, Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, SZA and more.