Sir Elton John has again demonstrated his commitment to social causes. At just 73 years old, he hosted the charity concert organized by the American network Fox to raise funds against the pandemic. A show that managed to gather this past Sunday almost nine million viewers under the title ‘The iHeart Living Room Concert for America’.
In the absence of official figures, it raised around € 7 million that will go to two US charities that help victims and have been the first to respond during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation. In the middle of the show the artist confessed that he was quarantined in the only house that has been that has not had a piano. That didn’t stop u from closing the concerttaking out the keyboard of their children, Nine-year-old Zachary, and seven-year-old Elijah to perform a snippet from their hit ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me’, which he dedicated to the heroes who They fight in the front line against the virus.
On such a special evening, artists like Demi Lovato, who played the piano and performed a moving version of ‘Skyscraper’ from New York, wanted to add their voices from their homes, while Sam Smith, in his room in London, sang a a cappella version from ‘How do you sleep?’ Camila Cabello, quarantined in Miami with her boyfriend Shawn Mendes, let him play the guitar (“he’s just killing her,” he joked) while singing “My Oh My.” Or Mariah Carey, who took advantage of the performance to celebrate her 50th birthday by interpreting ‘Always Be My Baby’, which she dedicated to her two children “for staying with me at home and not complaining too much”.
Ellen DeGeneres introduced one of the participants and admitted that “she had been wearing the same sports pants for three days in a row at home.” In turn, Lady Gaga encouraged viewers to “find joy as possible” in this crisis. And child prodigy Billie Eilish sat on the couch in her living room in Los Angeles, along with her brother and their five Grammys, to offer a acoustic version from his single ‘Bad Guy’.
In Spain, a similar initiative by LaLiga Santander brought together fifty artists and footballers who, last weekend, managed to raise 625,000 euros, destined to the purchase of medical supplies to combat the coronavirus.