- 18 Dec 20
Eddie Vedder and Margo Price will perform during the December 21st event, alongside guests including Maureen Van Zandt, Steve Buscemi, Vincent Pastore and Whoopi Goldberg.
Steven Van Zandt announced a virtual Christmas fundraiser to benefit TeachRock, the organisation he founded to save music education — providing online music history courses to children.
Springsteen’s appearance will arrive after his rousing appearance on Saturday Night Live last weekend.
71-year-old singer-songwriter Jackson Browne revealed in March that he contracted Covid-19:
My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don't require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalisation or anything like that," Browne said. "So many people that have it aren't going to be tested."
"They don't have symptoms, but they might have it and might pass it on," he continued. "That's what younger readers need to understand: They need to take part in the global response to stop the spread. That means not going anywhere, not getting into contact with anybody, not seeing anybody."
In the interview, Browne notes that he suspects he was exposed to the virus when visiting New York for the Love Rocks NYC benefit – a live-streamed benefit concert that also featured Dave Matthews, Cyndi Lauper, Joss Stone, Leon Bridges and more.
Other guests at Van Zandt's virtual concert include Maureen Van Zandt, Steve Buscemi, Vincent Pastore, Whoopi Goldberg, and more.
A 'Holiday Video Jukebox,' featuring Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Darlene Love, Reggae Legend Dean Frasier will be aired after the main event on December 21st.
Tickets will allow you to stream the event on-demand for three days, and can be purchased here.
Van Zandt said he wanted to host the event to pay tribute to teachers for their role in continuing to help children throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Being an educator has never been easy, but 2020 posed greater challenges than any schools have ever faced. And, as usual, teachers rose to the occasion,” he said.
“When schools shut down overnight, teachers rallied and moved classes online. But that’s not all — like the essential workers they are, teachers continue to risk their health to serve students and families, be it to distribute tech to keep students connected, or meals to help families in need. Teachers are the plainclothes superheroes in our midst. They deserve to be heard and celebrated, and that’s why we’re going to Stand With Teachers on December 21st.”