Rapper-songwriter Post Malone is set to hold a live-streamed concert as a tribute to Nirvana this coming Friday, April 24, at 6 PM ET.
He is set to perform hits and fan favorites of the 90s rock band from his home and have it aired over his YouTube channel. Malone also made the same announcement on his Instagram account, telling the audience to "text me for more info," and dropped a number for people to contact (817-270-6440).
In a YouTube and Twitter teaser, Posty is seen wearing a pair of shades, holding an acoustic guitar to the cheers of the audience. As he starts playing, the video cut to black with details of the upcoming event - the first column vertically writes, "Post Malone, Nirvana Tribute, Livestream, Youtube.com."
All funds raised from the live stream will be directed to the United Nations' COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. The UN's response arm for the global coronavirus pandemic will be used to provide and mobilize much-needed medical equipment to different parts of the world, as well as provide training to healthcare workers to deal with the highly contagious disease.
An article from the New York Post notes that Google will be matching all donations made during the fundraiser up to $5 million.
Courtney Love, best-known as frontwoman to alt-rock act Hole and wife to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, has expressed support to Post Malone's Friday concert in an Instagram post. She thanked Malone, WHO, Google, nonprofit org Core Response, and more for their efforts against the pandemic.
The "Circles" rapper is a Nirvana fan, having made a live performance of the grunge icons' "All Apologies." He also has the words "Stay Away" inked above his right eyebrow as a homage to the 1991 Nirvana song of the same name.
His knuckles also bear the ink portrait of his idols, including Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and of course, Kurt Cobain.
The 24-year-old New Yorker first earned recognition with his single "White Iverson" in 2015, followed by the trap music "Stoney" in 2016. "Stoney" broke a 34-year-old Michael Jackson record by staying on the Billboard's Top R&B/ Hip-Hop charts for 77 weeks, dislodging the classic "Thriller," which stayed for 76 weeks in the 80s.
His unprecedented entry into the music scene was made more prominent with the release of his sophomore work "Beerbongs & Bentleys" in 2018, spawning the hits "Rockstar" and "Psycho," both songs topped the US Billboard Hot 100.
Later that year, he also worked with fellow artist Swae Lee for "Sunflower," which was a part of the soundtrack for the animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse."
Posty released "Hollywood's Bleeding," his third studio album, last year. It departed from his trap and hip-hop sounds in favor of indie-pop, still landing at the top of the Billboard 200 and giving Malone another Hot 100 chart-topper with "Circles."
He has earlier collaborated with former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne on the rock single "It's A Raid" and with Justin Bieber and Clever in the song "Forever."