Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's band leader Jon Batiste will curate this year's Global Citizen: The World On Stage event. Global Citizen is a social action platform that partners with organizations to end extreme poverty and enacting policy change.
An impressive roster of speakers and musicians are slated to appear at the concert, including comedian Cecily Strong, actors Forest Whitaker, Darren Criss, Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Musicians in addition to Morello and Batiste performing are: Stay Human, Regina Spektor, Pete Wentz, Aloe Blacc & Maya Jupiter, Moxie Raia, The Kenyan Boys Choir and Afghan rapper and anti-child marriage activist Sonita Alizadeh.
Paul Simon will also present the inaugural George Harrison Global Citizen Award to the late Beatle posthumously. Harrison's deep commitment to promoting world peace and ending poverty reflects the goals of the Global Citizen organization.
"When George rallied the music community to respond to a humanitarian crisis, he set an example that artists of all forms of expression have followed to this day," said Olivia Harrison, who will accept the award on behalf of her late husband with their son Dhani. "By using his individual talent in an attempt to help others, his legacy mirrors the goals and mission of the Global Citizen movement."
The event takes place September 22nd at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.