Elton John to host coronavirus relief concert

Lawrence Kim
March 27, 2020

With forebears including the post-9/11 America: A Tribute to Heroes and 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, who produced A Tribute to Heroes and the multi-network telethons immediately following Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti natural disaster. And no, this isn't like the other Instagram Live concerts we've been given.

The special, which is set to air in the slot originally slated for the iHeartRadio Music Awards, comes as many concerts have been delayed and sidelined due to the global pandemic and artists look to circumvent the issue by offering free concerts online.

Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, the Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw and Billie Joe Armstrong are scheduled to take part in the event airing at 9-10pm Eastern District Time in the U.S. on Sunday on Fox TV and on iHeartMedia radio stations.

And don't worry: The artists are all practicing social distancing.

The virtual benefit concert is officially titled "iHeart Living Room Concert" and is airing on FOX while encouraging donations to various initiatives supporting medical professionals and first responders. Performances will be taped on personal cell phones/ audio equipment in an effort to minimize gatherings and the threat of COVID-19.

The iHeart Living Room Concert for America will air on March 29 at 9PM ET on Fox television and iHeart Radio stations across the country. It seems like it'll be a special night, for sure. As such, some of the information in this story may have changed after publication.

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