Foo Fighters are among the many artists playing Rock ‘n’ Relief, an two-day charity streaming concert event kicking off today that benefits CORE, which is providing equitable access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations in Los Angeles. According to Linda Perry, who curated the stream’s lineup, Dave Grohl and company will be performing “something very, very cool.”
“They’re doing something that no one’s ever heard before,” Perry tells ABC Audio. “So we’re very excited.”
Perry, formerly of 4 Non Blondes, also will be performing during the stream, which will include a mix of virtual performances and live sets. The live performances will take place at L.A.’s Dodger Stadium, which has become a mass vaccination site.
Other artists on the bill, which Perry wanted to reflect the “diverse” nature of L.A., include Sammy Hagar and the Circle, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Bush‘s Gavin Rossdale, Sheryl Crow, L7, Carly Simon, Silversun Pickups, Macy Gray and Deadmau5.
Rock ‘n’ Relief streams today and tomorrow, starting at noon PT both days, via the Amazon Music Twitch channel, the Amazon Music mobile app and Rolling Stone magazine’s YouTube channel. Viewers will be able to donate as they watch, and Perry’s hoping to highlight CORE’s mobile vaccination program in particular.
“It’s so important,” Perry explains. “Not only are they giving these vaccinations and helping people, but they’re also helping educate people who don’t have the right information regarding vaccinations.”
In total, Perry is aiming to raise $1.5 million, as well as provide “light and entertainment” for not only audiences online, but also for CORE’s Dodger Stadium staff and those in line waiting to get their shot.
“A lot of people are hurting, man,” Perry says. “So I’m hoping that this could raise the spirits of people, at least.”
By Josh Johnson
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