Music stars did major bits for charity over the holiday weekend, with Bono donating one of his guitars to benefit Brazil’s Zero Hunger campaign, while Celine Dion and Elton John dueted for the first time ever at a Las Vegas benefit to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina – an event that also brought out Jerry Seinfeld.
Inside a packed Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Monday night in Las Vegas, Dion and John sang “Sorry” and “Saturday Night” together, in a show aimed at helping some 8,000 workers of Harrah’s Entertainment Inc. (the company had casinos in the Gulf Coast region).
Joined by Seinfeld, the entertainers raised $2.1 million, which was on top of the $4.5 million that the casino operator already had collected for its staff, the Associated Press reports.
“I’ve played in Biloxi many times,” John said. “I’m just glad we can do a little something for those people’s lives that will never be the same again for many, many years. God bless them.”
As for Bono’s guitar, it will be auctioned off after U2’s concerts this week in Sao Paulo’s Morumbi soccer stadium, according to Agencia Brasil.
Zero Hunger’s goal is to ensure all Brazilians have three meals a day by the end of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s presidential term Dec. 31. (Last year, Lenny Kravitz donated one of his guitars to Zero Hunger. The gift fetched about $132,000 at auction.)
Monday night in concert at a Sao Paulo soccer stadium, after performing “Pride,” the Irish band’s tribute to Martin Luther King, Bono told the crowd: “Martin Luther King didn’t just have an American dream, but an Irish dream, a Latin American dream … sing for Peru, for Chile, for Argentina, for Brazil,” Reuters reports.