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As if it were July 13, 1985, today the music world unites to fight against the Coronavirus, making history again.

Live Aid was a historic concert, perhaps the most famous in the history of pop. The New York Times calculated the audience at the time: 1.5 billion viewers. It was broadcast in 72 countries. There were two simultaneous concerts, in London and Philadelphia, on July 13, 1985. Each group was not allowed to exceed 18 minutes of performance time. The greatest rock stars of the day performed. Queen’s concert (they scratched two minutes and played 20), which they say was one of the most transcendental in the history of rock, will be remembered forever. Everything was organized by Bob Geldof, leader of the group Boomtown Rats. It raised $100 million to fight hunger in Africa.

All this reminder comes to mind because this Saturday is One World: Together at Home, the one that has been called the Live Aid of the times of the coronavirus. The role of Bob Geldof is played by Lady Gaga, who was the main driving force. The singer took the agenda and added pop greats from all eras, from the young Billie Eilish (18) to the veteran Paul McCartney (77), who was already on Live Aid in 1985.

Lady Gaga has been supported by the international organization Global Citizen and collaborates with the World Health Organization. The aim is to raise funds to fight the pandemic and an appeal is made to philanthropists, businesses and governments to contribute money.

All the information here.

Who plays? The artists will connect from their homes and their performances will be brief and mostly in acoustic format.

The list is long:

  • Paul McCartney
  • Rolling Stones
  • Chris Martin
  • Billie Eilish
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Taylor Swift
  • Usher
  • The Killers
  • Christine & The Queens
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • J Balvin
  • Lizzo
  • John Legend
  • Elton John
  • Billie Joe Armstrong
  • Eddie Vedder
  • Alicia Keys
  • Sam Smith
  • Maluma
  • Ricky Martin
  • Becky G
  • Adam Lambert
  • Annie Lennox
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Black Coffee
  • Camila Cabello
  • Celine Dion
  • Common
  • Jack Johnson
  • Juanes
  • Keith Urban
  • Kesha
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Lang Lang
  • LL Cool J
  • Luis Fonsi
  • Michael Bublé
  • Sherly Crow
  • Zucchero

Via: El País