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Elton John announces new weekly archival YouTube concert series

Elton John is the latest high profile musician to join the YouTube archival concert series.

With live music continuing to feel the major effects of the current health crisis, strict lockdown measures mean that all venues must remain closed in a bid to restrict close social contact—a situation which has prompted 1,400 artists to call for major support.

Now, the Elton John: Classic Concert Series is arriving as a YouTube archival concert series in a bid to raise money for charitable causes. In what is kicking off with a 1976 performance at Edinburgh’s Live at the Playhouse Theatre, Elton John will donate all proceeds to the Elton John AIDS Foundation as well as in support of a number of COVID-19 relief efforts.

“My Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund helps frontline partners prepare for and respond to the pandemic and its effects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities,” John said in a statement.

“We cannot jeopardize HIV testing and care during this time or else the results could be disastrous for the 37.5 million people living with HIV. So, I’m really happy to connect this YouTube Concert series to benefit our Foundation’s urgent COVID response.”

The first effort arrives below.