Watch Elton John And Other Music Favourites Perform Live For A Benefit Concert
If there’s one thing that can lift the collective spirit of humanity, it’s a good tune. If history has taught us anything, it’s to never underestimate the power of a lyric or strong melody. Woodstock cemented the ‘60s as a time of peace and experimentation, while Live Aid saw the world come together in an effort to raise funds for the relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine. Now, 2020 presents its own crisis – that of the COVID-19 pandemic. As countries around the world grapple with the health crisis and the economic consequences of lockdown, Elton John has rallied his music pals to bring some much needed joy to our homes.
Titled Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, the benefit will feature a slew of performances from the music industry’s biggest talents, including the likes of Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and a number of others.
But as with a number of music performances that artists have had to perform from their bedrooms or empty homes, the benefit will be no exception when it comes to social distancing. The artists will appear from their own homes and be “filmed with their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment,” according to a statement released from Fox.
The benefit will be an hour-long, with no commercials or breaks. As Fox denotes, it will pay tribute to “the front line health professionals, first responders and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm’s way to help their neighbours and fight the spread of the virus.”
The concert can be streamed from the iHeart radio app or website. Until Monday, you can keep those spirits high by enjoying the musicality of a number of other artists who are taking to live-streaming performances at home. Coldplay’s Chris Martin released a video on his Instagram where he played a number of songs from the band’s catalogue and also took the time to respond to questions from his followers. Using the hashtag “#TogetherAtHome,” Martin encouraged a number of others to get involved and as a result, you can listen to John Legend and many others who have followed suit.
We’ve saved you the hassle of scrolling and compiled all of their performances here.