Sir Elton John was digitally joined by quarantined stars from around the music world for a virtual coronavirus benefit concert last night.
The pop legend hosted the iHeart Living Room Concert For America from his home in LA., saying,
“I have to be quarantined in the only house I have ever been in without a piano.”
Elton used his son’s keyboard for Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me and sang to a thrilled Lizzo with an A cappella sample of Juice.
“Not long ago, there was another infectious disease that was ignored.
Day in and day out, the disease got worse, because we did nothing. Too many forgot about compassion and decency, and so millions and millions of people perished from Aids. But this time, we aren’t going to let that happen. So, stay home for the ones you love.”
Of course he was criticized on social for comparing the COVID-19 pandemic with the spread of AIDS.
Lady Gaga didn’t sing described him as
“the host with the biggest heart” and said to “find joy however you can.”
Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell gave viewers a chilled out version of Bad Guy exactly one year after its release.
The Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl dedicated his song to the first responders and healthcare professionals who are treating people with Coronavirus.
Grohl said introducing My Hero,
“I’d like to dedicate this song to all the people out there who are on the frontlines. That are doing their best to get us through all of this.
If you sing that last chorus every time you wash your hands, I think you might be in good shape.”
Camila Cabello and boyfriend Shawn Mendes are self-isolating together and gave fans a version of her recent hit My Oh My.
Backstreet Boys did their 1999 hit I Want It That Way singing separately, from their respective family homes.
The UK was also represented by Sam Smith, who sang How Do You Sleep, snapping their fingers for added percussion.
“I don’t play an instrument. So this is just my voice… I hope that’s OK?”
It was more than OK.
Mariah Carey belted out Always Be My Baby alongside a keyboard player and some remotely placed backing singers, who were beamed in.
The show, which was broadcast on Fox TV and iHeart Radio, raised funds for Feeding America and the First Responders Children’s Foundation. Procter & Gamble gave $500,000 which was matched by Fox.
The event filled the gap in the schedule that was left after the iHeart Radio Music Awards were cancelled.
James Corden is hosting a similar fundraiser from his garage tonight, with Eilish, Dua Lipa and BTS among others who will join him remotely.
You can watch the entire concert below.