Music has the power to change the world, something that the last century proved over and over again. To the point that nowadays charity concerts and albums are released, in order to help good causes and those in need. Last Sunday at Los Angeles’s Fonda Theatre, a benefit concert titled “Strange 80’s” was held. The name isn’t by chance since the event was hosted by Finn Wolfhard, the 14-year-old breakout darling of Netflix’s “Stranger Things”. Making the name of the concert more awesome, as it honors Wolfhard show and the fact that it based on the 80’s pop culture.
The benefit concert was done in order to help “Sweet Relief Musicians Fund,” who helps musicians and music business professionals in medical need. The show counted with many incredible music personalities and stars. Where they all perform covers from hit songs from the 80’s. As even Wolfhard played some of the decade’s greatest hits, impressing everyone once again with his love and musical abilities.
Some high profile guests
The show was a total success. Not only because it was for an incredible cause. But also because it counted with the participation of some really big names. Like “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jane Wiedlin from the Go-Go’s, Tenacious D with Sarah Silverman, Deap Vally, and members of Slipknot Taking Back Sunday, Velvet Revolver, Goldfinger, Steel Panther, 5 Seconds of Summer, Filter, and Anthrax. Needless to say that they all delivered some amazing and fun performances.
The older artists that participated on the show covered some more classic songs and artists from the 80’s. With Slipknot’s Corey Taylor taking on Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” and “1999”. But he went back to his genre with Judas Priest “Electric Eye”. The guys from Tenacious D, along with Sarah Silverman, took a different angle, as they did the TV show “The Jeffersons’ theme song. Along with REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Loving You,” which they dedicated to her as well. Also, there were covers of U2, Journey, John Cougar Mellencamp, and Bon Jovi.
Despite watching big names is always cool it was the younger ones who stole the show. Since Dylan Minnette, from “13 Reasons Why” covered The Smiths’ “This Charming Man” and a Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun”. Still, it was Wolfhard who turned to be the night’s biggest star.
As he went for deeper cult songs. Playing iconic Pixies’ song “Where Is My Mind?” and New Order’s “Age of Consent”. As he was backed up by the band Calpurnia, who covered Weezer’s “El Scorcho”. He also led a performance of Guns and Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. It’s not the first time that Wolfhard has dazzled the fans with his love and musical skills. As he did on YouTube covering Mac Demarco. It’s really fun to see Wolfhard pull out his fame and love for music for such a good cause, especially as he is playing many songs that are older than him.