Elton John to host coronavirus charity concert with Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong and more
Elton John has been revealed as the host for ‘iHeart Living Room Concert For America’, which is a special charity concert to support Americans affected by the coronavirus crisis featuring Billie Eilish, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and many more.
This announcement comes following the cancellation of the ‘iHeart Music Awards’ which was originally set to take place this Sunday (March 29th) across iHeartRadio stations in the States as well as being shown live on FOX but has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the broadcast has now been replaced with an hour-long programme which will be hosted by Elton and feature performances from the likes of Billie Eilish, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, Backstreet Boys and Alicia Keys with all of the performances being recorded from each artist’s respective home. The concert will begin at 9 PM Eastern for viewers in the United States, 1:00 AM for GMT.
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 26th, more than 478,341 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 21,524 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy, Spain and the UK, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.