Elton John to host 'living room' gig featuring Billie Eilish and Mariah Carey
Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys are among stars taking part in a fund-raising “living room” gig hosted by Sir Elton John to provide entertainment during isolation.
The stars, who are staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, will film themselves performing on their own mobile phone or camera and audio equipment “to ensure the health and safety of all involved”, according to a statement.
In an hour-long concert, stars will also pay tribute to health workers on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and fans will be able to donate to charities helping victims and key workers.
Viewers will be asked to support two of the charitable organisations aiding victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
The concert will air on Sunday in the broadcasting slot on US network Fox that had originally been reserved for the iHeart Radio Music Awards. The awards show became part of a wave of cancelled events as the virus started to spread.
Other musicians set to take part are Backstreet Boys, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Tim McGraw.
Sir Elton, who celebrated his 73rd birthday on Wednesday, shared a video of his lockdown birthday celebrations with his family on his Instagram page.
Earlier in March, he posted a photograph of himself holding a poster referencing his husband and sons, saying “#IStayHomeFor David Furnish, Zachary and Elijah”.
The day after Sir Elton’s show, Eilish will be taking part in another streamed show, hosted by James Corden.
The British presenter will bring celebrities from around the world together for a Late Late Show special, called Homefest, from his garage on Monday.
As well as Eilish, acts set to perform include BTS in South Korea, Dua Lipa in London, and John Legend in LA.
Scores of music tours, shows and festivals have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, including Glastonbury in the UK and Coachella in the US.
On the big screen, several films have seen release dates pushed back – including the much-anticipated new James Bond film, No Time To Die, for which Eilish has recorded the theme song.
Originally due to launch at the beginning of April, Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007 is now scheduled for release in November.