68 musicians, including guitarists Orianthi, Phil X and Nuno Bettencourt, have joined together for a cover of The Beatles’ Let It Be – joining the tradition of massive quarantine jams, however increasing the number of musicians to a new level.
The jam was put together by the team of Soundcheck Live, supported by the MusiCares Foundation. Proceeds from the song will be going towards the MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.
Take a listen to the song below, which, like other quarantine jams, has an accompanying video splitting home-recorded footage across the screen from each contributor:
Other musicians making an appearance include Dream Theater Drummer Mike Mangini, bassist Stu Hamm and none other than Avril Lavigne. Nuno Bettencourt, Phil X and Orianthi get their time to shine when it comes to lead guitar, each contributing some triumphant solos. Bettencourt also contributes some lead vocals towards the end of the song, as the video pans out (virtually speaking) to really put into perspective just how many musicians took part.
Soundcheck Live founder and Avril Lavigne’s musical director, Steve Ferlazzo, said of the song: “We chose Let It Be as a song of hope in uncertain times. I like to think of this project as an entire three-hour Soundcheck Live show condensed into one five-minute song that will offer people some inspiration and help when they need it most.”