R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and The Smashing Pumpkins‘ James Iha are among dozens of artists that will participate in a virtual tribute concert saluting late Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger that will premiere on May 5.
The event was organized by Schlesinger’s Fountains of Wayne band mate Jody Porter, and will feature performances and/or appearances by Buck, Iha, The Monkees‘ Micky Dolenz, Sean Ono Lennon, Courtney Love, Drew Carey, The Black Keys‘ Patrick Carney, Hanson‘s Taylor Hanson, former Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Joe McGinty and many others.
Buck will perform with former R.E.M. touring member Scott McCaughey, who currently plays with Peter in The Minus 5 and also fronts the veteran indie-rock group Young Fresh Fellows.
“This is a proper musical send-off for my soul brother with a bunch of talented and groovy guests that would make Adam wince,” Porter says.
The concert will premiere via the Rolling Live streaming platform. For ticket info, visit RollingLiveStudios.com.
Proceeds will benefit MusiCares and the New York City venue The Bowery Electric, where many of the performances for the tribute will be filmed.
Schlesinger died in April 2020 of complications from COVID-19 at age 52. In addition to Fountains of Wayne, Schlesinger was a member of indie-rock act Ivy and the short-lived power-pop supergroup Tinted Windows, the latter of which also featured Iha, Hanson and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos.
In addition, Adam co-produced and wrote tunes for The Monkees’ two most recent studio albums, and he’s also known for his work in the TV and film world, writing tunes for projects including That Thing You Do!, Josie and the Pussycats and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
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