During the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world, all non-essentials have been shut down in at least half of the U.S. for obvious safety reasons and to flatten the curve from the spread of this highly contagious and deadly disease by social distancing. The music industry has also taken a big hit because it affects the concert and club industries and businesses that support it. Yet, artists have found other creative ways to reach their audience as they can’t go out on the road touring for now and possibly some time to come. They are instead keeping their music out there via special intimate online performance events daily or weekly.
Now, superstar Elton John stepped into the fray and has taken that effort a step further hosting a “living room” Coronavirus concert with objective to lift the spirits of Americans, saluting and honoring health care workers and first responders lauding them as heroes and rightly so. The iHeart Living Room Concert For America will feature remote performances by rock, pop and country music heavyweights such as Alicia Keys, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw.
These popular named artists will appear via the safety of their own home and “filmed with their own personal cell phones, camera and audio equipment,” according to a release from Fox.
The idea came about when the iHeart Radio Music Awards, originally scheduled to air Sunday night on FOX, was postponed due to the pandemic.
Viewers of the concert who can are encouraged to support two charitable organizations that are helping victims and first responders during the pandemic – Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
The event will be aired on Sunday, March 29th from 9-10 p.m. EDT on Fox TV and on iHearMedia radio stations nationwide.