Elton John's Online 'Iheartradio' Concert Reportedly Raises Over $1 Million for Coronavirus Aid
Elton John hosted a virtual concert that allegedly brought in over a million dollars to help with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization 18 days ago, many celebrities have been showing their humanitarian sides.
Sir Elton John attends the photocall for "Rocketman" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
The latest to do their bit is Elton John, who NY Daily News reported hosted a virtual concert from the comfort of his home.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, [Elton John] was forced to postpone the American leg of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour.
According to the site, the concert, which was tagged "Fox Presents: The iHeart Living Room Concert for America," saw performances from Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and many other musicians.
Deadline noted that even though Lady Gaga didn't perform, she registered her presence by encouraging viewers on Fox, YouTube, and simulcast on iHeartMedia stations across the country to find joy however they could while helping their "local communities."
While the intention behind the concert touched many people, they were even more impressed to find out that the event reportedly raised over $1 million.
Lady Gaga attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
As it turned out, the money would go towards benefiting two charity organizations – Feeding America and First Responders Children's Foundation. People recalled that just before Elton stepped on the virtual stage, he shared via Instagram that:
"@davidfurnish and I are standing by …We are raising money for @FeedingAmerica and @1strcf as we enjoy performances and contributions from some amazing artists!"
The star-studded event comes just days after Daily mail revealed that Elton's children – Zachary and Elijah – gifted him with handmade cards to celebrate his 73rd birthday.
The "Sacrifice" crooner, who has been in quarantine with his family, also shared a video of the two boys singing him the birthday song his social media page.
During this period, the singer and his family have taken to playing Snakes and Ladders as they isolate in his Los Angeles mansion.
People reported that amid the ongoing pandemic, the 73-year-old singer was forced to postpone the American leg of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour.
Although no new dates were announced for the tours, Elton's statement made it clear that tickets to the originally scheduled shows would remain valid at the rescheduled performances.
Elton John performs onstage during his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images