Surviving Fountains of Wayne’s to Reunite for NJ Benefit Show
The surviving members of Fountains of Wayne will gather on Wednesday – joined by Sharon Van Etten on bass and backing vocals – to perform in tribute to the late Adam Schlesinger on “Jersey 4 Jersey,” a benefit live broadcast taking place Wednesday night.
Chris Collingwood, co-founder and singer of the band, said: “Brian (Young), Jody (Porter) and I are honored to be a part of the Jersey 4 Jersey performance and grateful that Sharon was able to perform with us. Adam would have been proud that Fountains helped raise funds for his compatriots in New Jersey. “
The show airs at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday on the Apple Music and AppleTV apps. The list of top New Jersey natives participating in the benefit includes Bruce Springsteen, Halsey, Tony Bennett, Jon Bon Jovi, SZA, Charlie Puth, Saquon Barkley, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Chelsea Handler, Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock , Jon Stewart and more.
Fountains of Wayne haven’t performed together since their last touring gig on October 19, 2013. The band, who had experienced creative tensions while making their latest album, 2011’s “Sky Full of Holes”, have moved on. quietly separated after that without ever officially announcing a breakup, as Collingwood and Schlesinger pursued separate projects (Tinted Windows and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” in the case of Schlesinger, Look Park in that of Collingwood).
“As a native of New Jersey it means a lot to me to participate in the NJPRF charity event that gives back to this community,” Van Etten said in a statement. “Adam was an incredible songwriter and I am truly honored to join Fountains of Wayne in his honor.”
Schlesinger died of complications from COVID-19 on April 1. Tributes poured in over the next three weeks – including, on Monday alone, a new cover of “That Thing You Do!” by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. The cast of the 1996 film of that name held a YouTube reunion Friday in memory of Schlesinger.
Wednesday’s show is for the benefit of the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.
In addition to Apple Music and AppleTV, E Street Radio on SiriusXM, which is currently free, will broadcast the event live and rebroadcast it five times. Local TV channels broadcasting the show in the region include WABC Channel 7, WPVI 6ABC, WPIX, News12, NJTV; radio stations include 1010 WINS, WCBS 880, CBS-FM, WFAN, New York’s Country 94.7, Alt 92.3, and Q104.3.