Elton John, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey lead a heartfelt, socially distant coronavirus telethon
Sunday's one-hour fundraising special, hosted by Elton John, featured at-home performances by Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish, the Backstreet Boys and Dave Grohl.
. In addition to the aforementioned acts, the special featured performances — each shot in a living room or bedroom or some such — by the Backstreet Boys, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Tim McGraw, Sam Smith, Demi Lovato and H.E.R.
It’s a virus-specific approach to the kind of pop-star do-gooder-ism that in previous crises would lead to a telethon (like “A Concert for Hurricane Relief” after Katrina in 2005) or a live benefit gig (like “The Concert for New York City” after 9/11 in 2001). This time, of course, those types of large public gatherings are part of the problem, which is how McGraw ended up delivering his song “Something Like That” while perched on the diving board of his enormous swimming pool.
For pop fans accustomed to the solidarity that can arise from an in-person audience, this format clearly has its limitations. And Fox and iHeart didn’t help matters by making this show out of taped performances; because the music wasn’t live (as it has been when John Legend and Chris Martin, among many others, have gone on Instagram), you didn’t get to enjoy the thrill of artists working without a net.
Still, the thing had its charms, not least among them the discovery that Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys keeps a branded BSB pinball machine in his home. Grohl sounded great in a solo-acoustic take on “My Hero”; Eilish, even slumped on a lumpy sofa, was as precisely nuanced a vocalist as ever. And Carey earned her diva self-treatment with the smiley exuberance we’ve come to rely on her for.
AdvertisementAs host, John claimed at the beginning that he’d happily play a song himself ... except he was quarantined in the only one of his properties that lacks a piano. By the end, though, he’d laid his hands on a keyboard he said belonged to one of his young sons and busted out a few verses of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me.”
“When this is over and done, I’ll be out there playing for you again,” he vowed. Read more: Los Angeles Times »
I thought it was 'sweet' they were asking for money. It really just needed to be broadcast to the 1%. Ms. Eilsh looked like she was barely awake for her perf. This actually sucked. Good message, but looking into wealthy peoples home and listening to shit music... sucked. Before today, I had never seen the “Backstreet Boys” perform. Now I know why, and it was the correct choice.
Soon it will be a fundraiser for all the people whose businesses were destroyed by governors. 💜🙏 Ms. Ellish looked like she was barely awake for her perf. *one clap*
Elton John's Concert for America MonologueElton John kicked off the live iHeart Living Room Concert for America broadcast with an uplifting message to viewers. See what he said. eltonofficial why not stream this concert to the rest of the world? I think we all could do with some distraction, not just the US. eltonofficial eltonofficial
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Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga and Melissa McCarthy Join Elton John-Hosted Coronavirus ConcertPerformers include Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Camila Cabello, Mariah Carey, Dave Grohl, H.E.R, Tim McGraw and Sam Smith 😍👏 Id rather listen to ladygaga then the rest of them.. Not really a fan of two faced people like eltonofficial and Ellen DeGeneres Why did Melissa and Ellen join? They aren’t singers
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Elton John Sings Lizzo's 'Juice' During Concert for AmericaElton John and Lizzo excitedly chatted via video during the live iHeart Living Room Concert for America on March 29. See what they said. eltonofficial lizzo It's obvious that you are trying your hardest to promote & sell new recordings and videos. Clearly you are a real private biz & not some sort of Heine dildo rape NATO military officiating over the destruction of biz.
Elton John joined by host of A-listers for live coronavirus relief gig from homeSir Elton John was joined by Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey and Demi Lovato among a host of A-list singers as he hosted a concert in which stars performed in their homes DailyMirror Gênio 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 Well if Billie Eilish is on that list I definitely won't be tuning in anytime soon lol 😂 not only that she still can't sing