Dozens of artists — from Dua Lipa and Chris Martin to Ellie Goulding and 5 Seconds of Summer — are coming together for a star-studded charity cover of Foo Fighters‘ 2003 single “Times Like These” to aid coronavirus relief efforts around the world.
Recorded as the 23 artists sheltered in place amid the ongoing global pandemic, the cover is set to be released as part of BBC One’s “The Big Night” on Thursday (April 23). “Our vision was to create a stay-at-home version using phones, pots, pans and acoustic guitars that would honor the brilliance and honesty of the artists and song, rather than the trickery of an expensive recording studio,” producer Fraser T. Smith told The Guardian about creating the track. “We tried to make this single in a totally different way artistically relevant to today. The lyrics particularly resonate with us all at this challenging time.”
Other artists taking part in the Foo Fighters cover include U.K. luminaries such as Yungblud, Anne-Marie, Mabel and Jess Glynne, as well as Hailee Steinfeld, Sean Paul, Sigrid and more. Profits from the single will go to Children in Need and Comic Relief in the U.K., and the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Check out BBC Radio 1’s official announcement and listen to the song below.
We've brought together some of your favourite artists for a very special #StayHomeLiveLounge cover of 'Times Like These' by Foo Fighters, produced by Fraser T. Smith 🎤💜
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) April 20, 2020