Sir Elton John was digitally joined by quarantined stars from around the music world for a virtual coronavirus benefit concert. The British pop legend hosted the iHeart Living Room Concert For America from his home in Los Angeles. The online festival featured performances from the likes of Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl and Mariah Carey from their sofas and home studios. It raised funds for two US charities. Broadcasting from what he claimed was his only house without a piano, the Rocketman dug out his son’s keyboard for a rendition of Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, and also serenaded a delighted Lizzo with an a capella snippet of her track Juice.
Lady Gaga, who did not sing but did wear sunglasses indoors, described him as “the host with the biggest heart” during the one-hour televised special and told viewers to “find joy however you can” during this period of isolation, and to help their “local communities”. Grammy winner Billie Eilish and her brother and musical partner Finneas O’Connell delivered a chilled out version of her breakout hit Bad Guy – precisely one year after its release. Eilish, who was relaxing on the couch underneath a baseball cap, sang the track’s signature electronic synth line.