Artists Give Emotional Performances For “Hand in Hand” Benefit
several charities, including the Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Save the Children and DirectRelief.
In addition to pleas for donations, and heartfelt stories about the victims and heroes of the disasters, the show was also filled with several emotional performances. Among them:
Stevie Wonder kicked off the whole show with Bill Withers’ classic “Lean On Me,” backed by a choir. “We’ve come together today to love on the people that have been devastated by the hurricanes," Stevie said before launching into his song. "When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences, and no political persuasions. It just loves." He also added that those who don’t believe in global warming “must be blind or unintelligent.” Usher and Blake Shelton took the stage at the Grande Ole Opry in Nashville for a performance of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” getting the audience to join in and sing along during the chorus. While he didn’t perform, Justin Bieber introduced a “Hand in Hand” prayer led by his pastor friend, who was joined by a rabbi and the director of religious affairs from the Islamic Center of Southern California. Tori Kelly and “Despacito” singer Luis Fonsi performed a solemn version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” with Fonsi singing one of the verses in Spanish. Dave Matthews performed “Mercy” with New York’s Time’s Square in the background.Also at the Grande Ole Opry in Nashville Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, CeCe Winans and Demi Lovato came together for a rousing performance of the classic “With A Little Help From My Friends”Finally, George Strait closed the show with a performance from his own benefit in San Antonio, Texas. He was joined by Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen for “If It Wasn’t For Texas” and “I Believe.”
Bruno Mars’ First-Ever TV Special Coming To CBS
Bruno Mars taped a concert at the Apollo Theater in New York this weekend for an upcoming TV special and now we know a little bit more about the show.
Bruno’s first-ever TV special, “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo,” will air November 29th on CBS, and will feature footage from this weekend’s show, as well as a performance from on top the theater’s famed marquee.
“He is the very definition of event television,” Jack Sussman, CBS’ executive vice president of specials, music and live events, says. “He burns the roof off the Apollo while paying respect to its tradition and history. We at CBS are proud to be broadcasting his first TV special.”
Bruno Mars Tops The Fall Tour List
A lot of great artists are out on tour this fall, but the one person most people want to see is apparently Bruno Mars.
According to secondary ticket broker StubHub, total sales for the fall leg of Mars’ “24K Magic Tour” is almost twice that of Ed Sheeran’s tour, which comes in second place on the Top Selling Fall Tours list. In fact, Bruno is both the Top Selling Act based on overall sales for shows between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, as well as the Top Seller per show, which ranks tours based on the average ticket sales per concert.
2017 Top Selling Fall Tours
Bruno Mars (35 show dates)Ed Sheeran (23 show dates)Lady Gaga (13 show dates)Paul McCartney (11 show dates)U2 (8 show dates)Depeche Mode (21 show dates)Billy Joel (6 show dates)Janet Jackson (40 show dates)Bob Seger (22 show dates)Harry Styles (13 show dates)