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Elton John's Coronavirus Relief Concert May Be Just What We Need

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By Desmund Ullrich

Elton John is bringing music’s biggest stars together to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts. On March 25, John’s 73rd his birthday — iHeartMedia announced that the music icon will be hosting a worldwide benefit concert. The event will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and others that are yet to be announced. Each singer will perform from their own homes and will be filmed with their personal mobile phone and professional audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of others.

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The highly anticipated music event will “provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic.” The "iHeart Living Room Concert for America" will also pay tribute to the front-line health professionals, first responders, and local heroes who are putting themselves in harm’s way to help their neighbours and fight the spread of the coronavirus. The special will encourage its viewers to support the charitable organizations Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation.

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Supporting these two foundations ensure help to the most vulnerable during this pandemic. The foundations also include a history of relief performances in their forebears from post-9/11 America, 'A Tribute to Heroes', to the six-hour '12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief'. The new special is executive produced by John Sykes and Tom Poleman for iHeartMedia and Tenth Planet Productions’ Joel Gallen.

These producers are philanthropic at heart and have also produced 'A Tribute to Heroes' and the multi-network telethon immediately following Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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The commercial-free event will take the time slot that was to belong to the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which was to be hosted at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California but became part of a wave of public-event postponements and cancellations due to the growing pandemic. iHeartRadio has not announced new dates as of yet.

The "iHeart Living Room Concert for America" will last an hour and will air on the Fox Network, the Fox digital platforms, and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, including the iHeartRadio app.

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For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. However, what the majority of people are affected by is not the pandemic itself, but the accompanying lockdown and increased hospitalization that has resulted in equipment, staff shortages, and massive layoffs of non-essential jobs nationwide. Though many celebrities, including Elton John, are also losing their chance at earnings due to the cancellations caused by the virus scare they are helping us get through it!

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