As New York City began banning gatherings of over 500 people, the fourth annual Love Rocks benefit carried on this past Thursday, albeit with a limited audience of “core artist personnel, event staff, essential team staff, credentialed media and immediate family.”
Fans were able to watch at home courtesy of a free livestream by The Relix Channel.
The all-star event raised money for God’s Love We Deliver, a nonprofit organization that delivers meals to those who are unable to provide meals for their families due to illness. For more information, visit glwd.org.
The show began with Cyndi Lauper performing her hit “True Colors”
“Thanks for showing up, and I just want to say it is an honor to be here tonight celebrating God’s Love We Deliver,” she said beforehand. “…with all the craziness in the world, being with this beloved New York City charity tonight is particularly powerful and surreal. And something I will never forget.”
Later, Joss Stone offered a stirring version of “Piece of my Heart,” backed by the house band of Eric Krasno, Larry Campbell, Steve Gadd, Shawn Pelton, Ricky Peterson and Jeff Young.
The house band stayed onstage all night, backing stars like Leon Bridges on “Bad Bad News” and “River,” Marcus King on “Beautiful Stranger” and Jackson Browne (along with Pedrito Martinez) on “Doctor My Eyes.”
From there, Browne, Martinez, Stone and King all offered a sing-along of “Love The One You’re With.”
Later a standout guitar trio of Warren Haynes, Jimmy Vivino and Derek Trucks launched into the Derek and the Dominos favorite “What Does Love Got To Be So Sad?” (Trucks knows the cut intimately since his standout LOCKN’ performance, and was able to tap into his chemistry with Haynes as showcased just two nights prior at Madison Square Garden’s 50-year celebration of the Allman Brothers Band.)
Dave Matthews also showcased a trio of songs – “Don’t Drink The Water,” “Sledgehammer” and “Ants Marching” – telling the crowd at one point, “wash your hands and don’t listen to the president.”
Other highlights included a mini Tedeschi Trucks Band set as Trucks and Susan Tedeschi offered “Never Loved A Man” and “The Letter” and a mini Black Crowes set as Rich Robinson and Chris Robinson performed “Jealous Again,” “She Talks To Angels” and “Hard To Handle.”
The show ended with a rousing reminder to embrace humanity, as all the performers sand The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”
Watch clips below and check out a full photo gallery here.