Like the best all-star jams, a cover of the Beatles' "A Little Help from My Friends" belted out by members of Switchfoot, Underoath, Thrice, and Bayside on Sunday night at Orlando's House of Blues was clumsy, heartfelt, and ultimately quite special.
Capping an acoustic benefit concert for non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms, the assemblage of pop-punk and emo frontmen shuffled out with a few guitars, an upright bass (played sideways), and the ubiquitous tambourine to perform the classic rock'n'roll anthem, a song whose chorus echoes the organization's mission statement of presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
Watch the video here -- which, for the record, features Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Aaron Gillespie (Underoath/The Almost), Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Anthony Raneri (Bayside), Josh Moore, and Zach Williams -- and scroll down to watch a PSA from To Write Love on Her Arms that was played Sunday night before the show began. To watch the entire concert, visit SyncLive.com starting Wednesday (Jan. 14).
Watch: "A Little Help from My Friends," from 'Heavy and Light'
To Write Love on Her Arms' PSA: