OneRepublic, Alessia Cara join '#FightLyme With Avril + Friends', here's all you need to know about livestream

The event will be hosted by actor and TV personality Wilmer Valderrama and fans will also witness a performance by Rob Thomas

                            OneRepublic, Alessia Cara join '#FightLyme With Avril + Friends', here's all you need to know about livestream
Alessia Cara, Avril Lavigne and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic (Getty Images)

Avril Lavigne, the undisputed pop-punk princess, is bringing her Lyme disease benefit concert to livestream. The virtual show, which will benefit the Avril Lavigne Foundation and Global Lyme Alliance, has added new, big names to the line-up.

Here's all you need to know about the livestream concert titled '#FightLyme With Avril + Friends'.


'#FightLyme With Avril + Friends' will showcase performances by musicians OneRepublic, Alessia Cara and Rob Thomas. Avril will also be performing at the event. The event will be hosted by actor and television personality Wilmer Valderrama. The 'Complicated' hit-maker took to her Twitter handle and announced the performers and host writing, "Thank you @OneRepublic @alessiacara for joining @ThisIsRobThomas @WValderrama & me to #FightLyme on 10/24. SO GRATEFUL & can't wait to see your performances during @AvrilFoundation’s first ever virtual concert to support the #Lyme community."


OneRepublic are known for hits like 'Apologize', 'Counting Stars' and, most recently, 'Lose Somebody' with Kygo. Alessia Cara has charted hits like 'Here', 'Wild Things', 'Scars To Your Beautiful', and 'Stay' with Zedd.

Rob Thomas is best known as the frontman of the multi-platinum alternative rock band Matchbox Twenty with whom he delivered memorable hits singles like 'Push', '3AM', 'Real World', 'Back 2 Good', 'Bent', 'If You're Gone', 'Mad Season', 'Disease', 'Unwell', 'Bright Lights', 'How Far We've Come', and 'She's So Mean'. Thomas received three Grammy Awards for co-writing and singing on the 1999 smash hit 'Smooth' by Santana. He's also had a successful solo career with tracks like 'Lonely No More', 'Her Diamonds', 'Someday' and 'Mockingbird'.

Avril Lavigne (Getty Images)

When is it taking place?

The virtual event is set for October 24th, 2020 at 8 P.M. ET.

Where to watch?

The concert will stream live on The ticket, which costs $25, will allow buyers to access the show using a unique code. The show's livestream can be replayed for 72 hours on demand. A hundred per cent of the proceeds from the concert will go towards the cause of battling Lyme disease through the Avril Lavigne Foundation and Global Lyme Alliance.

Lavigne had revealed her own Lyme diagnosis in 2015 explaining that she contracted the disease from a tick bite. In a January 2020 Instagram note, she wrote, "Today Justin Bieber shared that he has Lyme disease. There are too many people that have this debilitating disease! People I love and care about and many friends and fans I have crossed paths with. To everyone affected by Lyme, I want to tell you that there is HOPE. Because Lyme is a daily struggle, for the better part of two years, I was really sick and fighting for my life. Writing 'Head Above Water' helped me get through the worst of it, but the bad days still come and go. At the time, putting together my album saved my life. I needed to tell my story and to be able to share my experiences with others. Lyme disease is in all 50 states in the US and in EVERY country in the world, except Antarctica. It is a global pandemic but NOT a global priority. I never want others to suffer the way that I did, and because of that it is now my mission to raise awareness & funds that will help eradicate this life-altering disease. Portions of proceeds from every show on the rest of the 'Head Above Water' tour and merch sales will continue to go directly to Lyme disease. I will continue to fight and to support! The Avril Lavigne Foundation supports people with Lyme Disease, serious illness or disabilities. We raise awareness and aid PREVENTION of the Lyme epidemic. We impact the lives of individuals and families affected by Lyme Disease through TREATMENT grants administered by our charitable partners; and we’ve aligned with Global Lyme Alliance to accelerate scientific research. Please, JOIN US as we endeavor to educate people, prevent the spread of Lyme and find a cure. Our initiatives enable us to provide HOPE and expand the number of lives we’re able to transform. TOGETHER we can do this."

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