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Elton John to host all-star coronavirus relief concert

/ 11:34 PM March 26, 2020

British musician Elton John arrives for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 5, 2020, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Image: AFP/Valerie Macon via AFP Relaxnews

Elton John will host “Fox Presents The iHeartMedia Living Room Concert For America” on March 29, in the slot that had been originally set for the now-postponed iHeartRadio Music Awards.

The hour-long special will feature Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, The Backstreet Boys and Tim McGraw, with each artist filming their live performances with their own equipment at home.

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Aside from music performances, “Fox Presents The iHeartMedia Living Room Concert For America” will pay tribute to health professionals on the frontlines of the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has left more than 20,000 people dead across the world.

The all-star concert will also encourage viewers to support Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation, which help victims and first responders during the pandemic.

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Organizers of “Fox Presents The iHeartMedia Living Room Concert For America” will soon announce additional details about the commercial-free benefit concert, which will be broadcast at 9:00 pm EST on FOX and iHeartMedia platforms.

This all-star relief concert arrives at a time when many artists are holding virtual concerts in an effort to keep self-isolated fans entertained from the comfort of their own homes.

Among them is Swedish band Peter Bjorn and John, who will livestream a 36-hour performance on March 27 via Twitch.

“36h Ingrid” will find the indie outfit performing songs from their most recent and ninth studio album, “Endless Dream”, from their studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

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So here finally is ENDLESS DREAM, our ninth full-length studio album! Save, listen or order it now, just tap the link in bio.⁣ ⁣ It's the day to DARKER DAYS night, its sibling and successor. It's endlessly dreamy (duh..), gently philosophically hopeful, playfully adventurous (with a dash of healthy sweet insanity), realistically melancholic, down to earth and up in the blue, blissfully nostalgic and painfully present. Well, it's all those things and anything else you want, really.⁣ ⁣ Its poppy, punky, folky, funky, groovy, plucky, rocking even. It's all over the place but still very together and homogenous, we think. Opposites attract.⁣ ⁣ Maybe it is the most PBJ-sounding album so far of all the PBJ-albums, whatever that implies. You've already heard six of the songs, but now you can listen to them in the right order as meant by the band, and there are FOUR new ones. ⁣ ⁣ The shimmering folk-pop of a theme-tune of sorts in ENDLESS RERUNS, disappointment, and redemption walks hand in hand. The youthful exuberance and "go out and get it why it's hot"-call to arms in the form of bouncy rocker OUT OF NOWHERE. Juxtaposed in self-reflective soul-pop-psych SIMPLE SONG OF SIN about changing up your own scene and not letting the darkness get to you. The motorik-kraut-groover WEEKEND delivering twisted snapshots of a Weekend gone astray? Well, who really knows. We are here to add some bright colors to your day, some warmth to the cold.⁣ ⁣ It's still DARKER DAYS out there, but that means there's all the more need for dreams, even if the dreams are seemingly hopeless, unattainable peaks in the distant mountains, we gotta keep climbing and look for the next adventure. We gotta keep the hope up, keep the darkness at bay, dare to be dreamers. Cause really, what else is there? Even if you never reach that dream, the dream might still keep you alive. ⁣ ⁣ Follow that dream, climb that mountain with us!! ⁣ ⁣ And get the vinyl, so darned beautiful :) ⁣ ⁣ #endlessdream #peterbjornandjohn #newalbum

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Peter Morén and his bandmates will be joined by other artists in the livestream, including Shout Out Louds, Freja the Dragon, Tussilago, Esther, Johnossi and OLSSON among others. JB

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