For BBC Radio One's Big Night In charity event on April 23, 2020, rock icon Dave Grohl joins a cast of the world's biggest music artists for a heartfelt remote performance of 'Times Like These". In support of the global effort to stay safe and stay home during the coronavirus crisis, all artists recorded themselves at home. The Sphere L22 microphone is shown to capture his emotional delivery in the video that's been watched by Millions:
The song, originally performed by the Foo Fighters, once again proves to be an all-time classic that can inspire the world to come together for a good cause. As reported by BBC Radio 1 and NME, Grohl had to fight back tears when he heard about the event and the use of the song: "To all these amazing artists who took the time to learn and sing the words that I scribbled on a bit of hotel stationary nearly 20 years ago - I am beyond humbled. You have no idea."
The stripped-down arrangement with acoustic guitars, piano, and minimal percussion is the ideal foundation to let the vocal artists shine. After a count-in from Haillee Steinfeld, the song kicks off with solo performances by Ellie Goulding, Dua Lipa, and Biffy Clyro. Later, the vocal arrangement gets more complex with harmonies, backings, and even a rap feature by AJ Tracey. The video closes presenting the whole gamut of singers who participated in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Dave Grohl and the Sphere L22
The editors keep the suspense up until more than 2:00 minutes in to finally show Dave Grohl perform with the Sphere L22. Instantly, we hear that incredible vocal character we're all so familiar with from the Foo Fighters' discography. Not only does Grohl sound great on the L22, he also seems to be having a lot of fun. The song was produced by the award-winning producer Fraser T. Smith (Stormzy, Adele).
Stream 'Times Like These" and support the cause
This version of 'Times Like These' is now available as a single for download and streaming. UK net profits and funds raised by The Big Night In event are committed for charitable causes. They will be split equally between BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief to provide essential support to vulnerable people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK who will be significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. International net profits will go towards the WHO’s COVID-19-Solidarity Response Fund.
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