Queen’s epic Live Aid performance in London’s Wembley Stadium remains one of rock and roll’s biggest moments. This dual-venue concert also took place in John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, and over 160,000 people attended live between the two events. The benefit concert was accompanied by concerts in the Soviet Union, Canada, Australia, and more over 30 years ago in 1985. It was meant to support aid workers to provide famine relief in starving third-world countries.
In 2020, we’re all headed for the third-world conditions of poverty, starvation, and disease. We’re stuck at home while the economy crumbles, and most celebrity attempts to make us feel better about it have fallen flat. That’s not stopping them from trying. In fact, the World Health Organization is teaming with celebrities like Lady Gaga, John Legend, Chris Martin, Billie Eilish, and more for a modern version of Live Aid.
It’s going to be eery (check out Wrestlemania 36 for an idea), but will it work?
Here’s the video announcement from this morning.
Check out the press release below, and we’ll find out together on April 16.
GLOBAL BROADCAST NETWORKS, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO), GLOBAL CITIZEN AND A CAVALCADE OF STARS JOIN FORCES FOR ‘ONE WORLD: TOGETHER AT HOME’ TO HELP RAISE FUNDS AND ADDRESS THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 SET FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Celebrating the Heroic Efforts of Community Health Workers and Supporting the COVID19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, Powered by the UN Foundation, Efforts Aiming to Bolster the Global Fight to End COVID-19 Lady Gaga, Elton John, John Legend, Chris Martin, Paul McCartney and Other Artists Join Broadcast Also Featuring Real Experiences from Doctors, Nurses and Families Around the World Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert to Host Historic Broadcast UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – April 6, 2020 – Building on the success of the digital series “One World: Together at Home,” Global Citizen and the World Health Organization (WHO) are partnering for a special one-night event of the same name to air across NBC, ABC, CBS and other global networks and platforms on Saturday, April 18 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. “One World: Together at Home” is not a telethon, but rather a global broad entertainment special to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers and support the World Health Organization and the global fight to end COVID-19. The event is curated by Lady Gaga and will feature exclusive appearances by Alanis Morissette, Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder. Friends of Sesame Street will also be on hand to help unify and inspire people around the world. The two-hour program will be hosted by a trio of network late night hosts: Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert and will include performances from the world’s biggest artists with multimillion-dollar pledges to the WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund. Audrey Morrissey (“The Voice,” “Songland”) and Live Animals will produce the special in partnership with Global Citizen. The show will lift viewer’s spirits with exclusive, special cameos from the worlds of music and arts, sports superstars, and comedic sketches, while always drawing back to its core purpose – to educate and inform on COVID-19 risks, prevention and response. The broadcast will feature interviews with experts from WHO as well as stories of frontline healthcare workers from around the world – their courage and sacrifice a reminder of the urgency of this moment. The special will connect artists with audiences on a global scale, also airing on BBC ONE as well as the following networks and platforms: • NBCUniversal: NBC, Bravo, E!, MSNBC,MSNBC.com, NBCSN, NBC News,NBCNews.com, NBC News on YouTube, Peacock, SYFY and USA. • Walt Disney Television: ABC, ABC News Live, Freeform and Nat Geo. • ViacomCBS: CBS, Channel 5 in the UK, Network 10 in Australia, and Telefe in Argentina; BET and MTV globally across 180+ countries; and CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV2, Paramount Network, Pop, TV Land and VH1 in the US. • Bell Media platforms in Canada, MultiChoice, and RTE. “One World: Together at Home” will also be a multi-hour digital broadcast streaming online on multiple global platforms, including Alibaba, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Hulu, Instagram, LiveXLive, Tencent, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo and YouTube. This digital special will include additional artists and performances from all over the globe as well as unique stories from the world’s healthcare heroes. For information about how to tune in and take action, visit www.globalcitizen.org/togetherathome. Commitments from supporters and corporate partners will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, powered by the UN Foundation, to support and equip healthcare workers around the world, and to local charities that provide food, shelter, and healthcare to those that need it most. These local groups have been vetted to ensure they are helping communities impacted by COVID-19. More information on “Together at Home” will be added in the coming days.