Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Jon Bon Jovi, Madonna, U2, Pearl Jam, Elton John, and Steve Nicks are among those set to participate on Friday, April 8th for the Global Citizen’s social media rally in support of the Ukraine and other nations in desperate need of aid.
Rolling Stone reported the online Stand Up for Ukraine event takes place a day before "a pledging summit organized by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen. The aim of the summit will be to garner money to help those displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Funds will also be directed to helping those in other conflict zones around the world, such as Yemen, South Sudan, and Afghanistan.
Other artists expected to perform are Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Green Day, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Weeknd, Billie Eilish, Fall Out Boy, Kesha, Padma Lakshmi, Panic! At The Disco, Rufus Wainwright, Weezer, Rita Ora, K.D. Lang, Ellen DeGeneres, Ellie Goulding, Arlo Parks, Celine Dion, Hugh Jackman, Juanes, Garth Brooks, the Jonas Brothers, Kacey Musgraves, Pharrell, Tame Impala, Chris Rock, Jon Batiste, Alejandro Sanz, and Demi Lovato, among others.
President Zelenskyy called on the international community on behalf of his citizens who have been displaced and injured by the war, saying, "On April 9, the biggest online event 'Social Media Rally' will support people who were forced to flee Ukraine. I'm inviting everybody: musicians, actors, athletes, businessmen, politicians, everybody. Everyone who wants to join this movement and 'Stand Up for Ukraine.'"
Bruce Springsteen has long felt that the job he does is one that's existed through the ages — long before arenas, albums, and MTV: ["If you look at the role of storytellers in communities, y'know, going back to the beginning of time, y'know, they played a sort of. . . you played a very functional role in assisting the community in making sense of its experience, sense of the world around them, charting parts of their lives, getting through parts of their lives. I was interested in sort of the eternal role of storyteller-songwriter and how I was going to perform that function best."] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . that function best)
For more information about "Stand Up for Ukraine," log on to: www.forukraine.com.