The National to host 'communal events' to help crew through coronavirus crisis

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The band launched a GoFundMe page on Sunday (05Apr20), where fans can donate cash to help out the 13 regular members of their touring crew, who are without work after the band was forced to cancel its 2020 Homecoming tour on Friday.

Instead, The National will be hosting online events every Monday, after streaming one of their 2010 gigs supporting their album High Violet, on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v;=GOUHHObTrgY) last week.

"Last Monday was so much fun, we thought to ourselves: 'Why not host an exciting communal event every Monday in support of our crew?'" a statement from the band reads. "Please join us each week as we share content from our vaults, including classic live sets, and/or some unseen or rarely seen footage to pass the time at home."

The first of their "communal events" starts at 5 pm EST on Monday (06Apr20) and the group is also donating all its profits from online merchandise sales to crew members.

"Our crew are the lifeblood of our touring operation and have become family through the many years we've worked together," a statement posted on their GoFundMe page reads. "If you are enjoying these concerts and would like to continue to support, you can donate here. We will additionally be directing all profits from merch (merchandise) sales through our webstore, new Cherry Tree club enrollments, and sales from the Cherry Tree members-only store to support our crew members throughout this crisis to the best of our ability."

The National are also planning a High Violet reissue on 19 June.

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