Over 60,000 fans attended a free five-hour concert in New York City's Central Park Saturday night. Performers such as Neil Young, the Black Keys, the Foo Fighters, and John Legend gathered to help fight global poverty.
The concert was called "The Global Citizen Festival."
Fans who wished to attend the concert were required to register at GlobalCitizen.org. Once registered, they could earn points by finding information on whatever global charities they chose, and if they earned enough points, their names were entered to win tickets. Sharing information on Twitter or Facebook was another way to earn points.
Rapper K'Naan and Band of Horses also performed, and R&B singer John Legend made a surprise appearance, playing John Lennon's "Imagine," The AP reports. The concert was a short walk from where the former Beatle once lived.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse rocked out on Central Park's lawn as well. In the middle of the set, Young stopped and announced, "We're joining forces up here for you," Rolling Stone reports.
The Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, and others took the stage to perform a 10-minute version of "Rockin in the Free World" with Mr. Young.
The Foo Fighters also performed their hit songs, "Learn To Fly," "Best Of You," "Times Like These," "My Hero," and more. Lead singer Dave Grohi said, "Feels good to be here," The AP reports.
Festival co-founder, 29 year old Hugh Evans said it was no coincidence that the concert was scheduled around the meeting of the UN General Assembly, ABC News reports. The idea was to get the message about global poverty out to world leaders.
Some of the artists were simply astonished by the turnout, Rolling Stone reports. This event is so great, I can't get over it," said Band of Horses frontman Ben Birdwell. "What an amazing thing. It feels great to be up here," the Black Keys Dan Auerbach said.
Katie Couric, Olivia Wilde, and Katherine McPhee were also in attendance to support charities such as UNICEF and Malaria No More and to urge concert attendees to "join the movement" and become "global citizens," ABC News reports. Actor Hugh Jackman and singer Beyoncé were unable to be there, but joined in with video messages. Celebs also urged concert goers to to tweet President Obama and Mitt Romney and ask them how they plan to end extreme global poverty.