The concert was titled “Fax Live: A Concert to Unite the World” and included videotaped interventions by Pope Francis and US President Joe Biden and the attendance of a number of Hollywood stars, including Ben Affleck and Sean Penn.
The concert will be shown on television and on YouTube on May 8, after being recorded on Sunday at the vast California stadium with thousands of spectators who have fully received vaccinations.
“We are gathering tonight in solidarity with the millions of families all over India who are fighting a second, very ferocious wave” of the epidemic, Prince Harry, who met the audience with applause, said.
Harry stressed in his first personal appearance at a major public event in California since he moved to the United States last year with his wife Megan Markle, who did not appear with him, that “the virus does not respect borders, and getting the vaccine should not be determined by geography.” The event, organized by the international “Global Citizen” organization, aims to fight misinformation about vaccines and to urge world leaders and companies to take action and make donations. Actress and singer Selena Gomez, who was receiving donations, called for providing “doses and dollars” to the world’s poorest countries, at a time when California and some areas of the West began to exit from quarantine measures thanks to the great progress in vaccination campaigns.
As for Jennifer Lopez, she told the audience that, due to the pandemic, she had to spend Christmas for the first time without her mother, and her mother, Guadalupe Lopez, soon came onto the stage next to her, where she performed the song “Sweet Caroline” with her.
The American group “Faux Fighters” joined the surprise guest Brian Johnson of the group “AC / DC” in presenting the song “Back in Black” for the Australian band.
In pre-recorded interventions, President Biden said that he is working “with leaders in all parts of the world to provide more vaccines and boost production,” while Pope Francis said, “I beg you not to forget the most vulnerable.”
Other video interventions were shown by French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan.