Melissa Etheridge performed a Billboard Live At-Home concert on Friday (April 10) to raise money for Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing “restorative justice” to those incarcerated due to cannabis-based offenses.
The rock icon aimed to keep everyone’s spirits high throughout her 30-minute set, going out of her way to play uplifting tracks to get people “chair-dancing,” as she put it. That included her Orlando-inspired anthem “Pulse” and fan favorites like “You Can Sleep While I Drive” and “If I Wanted To.”
Speaking directly with her fans watching, Etheridge lamented the fact that she can’t be with them on tour right now. “I miss people. My family is fine, but I see them every day!” she said. “I was watching a documentary called ‘Happy’ last night, and a big key to happiness is connecting to people. So, uh-oh!”
She also took a moment to address her fans, who were still out in the world working, including one fan listening in while on their mail route. “Bless your heart, man, ‘cause you’ve got crazy people coming in out there,” she said with a laugh. “We’re gonna make it through, we’re gonna do this, absolutely.”
To close out her live set, Etheridge performed her classic “Come to My Window,” which she noticed has become a bit of a meme in the time of coronavirus. “I’ve enjoyed the memes. There’s funny ones and really sweet ones,” she said. “I expect you to sing at the top of your lungs and let it out, because we all need to come together on this song.”
Check out Melissa Etheridge’s full Billboard Live At-Home performance above, and donate to Last Prisoner Project here.