Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Neil Young Help Raise $1.3 BILLION For Charity

September's Global Citizen Festival was an astounding success, aimed at ending extreme poverty.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


Last month's Global Citizen Festival, featuring headlining performances from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters and the Black Keys, raised a staggering $1.3 billion in pledged donations aimed at ending extreme poverty.

More than 60,000 fans descended on Central Park in New York City on September 29th for the Global Citizen Festival, for a packed and celebratory experience that saw the onstage rock collaboration of Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Neil Young. Watch a searing rendition of the blistering rocker "Rockin In The Free World" among the heavyweights:

Young also played several new songs in a set that only featured two tracks released before 1989.

Band of Horses and K'Naan also appeared at the show, which for the most part was free for attendees (it was also webcast for home viewers). Fans earned tickets by spreading awareness of extreme poverty over social media. 

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF helped in the efforts, pledging to raise $500 million by 2015 to help children across the world, while the Half the Sky Movement pledged to drum up $167.5 million to benefit women and girls living in extreme poverty. For a more complete list,  check out Global Poverty Project's website.


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