Fall Out Boy will be headlining a benefit concert in support of the March For Our Lives movement, which aims to raise awareness and funds to prevent gun violence following last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The show will take place at the Anthem in Washington, D.C., on March 23, the night before the scheduled march organized by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a mass shooter killed 17 people. The concert will shine a light on the stories of those students and fellow survivors of gun violence.
Fall Out Boy will be joined by G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha, Lizzo, and other surprise guests for the show, which was put together by Liana Huth, of broadcasting company Entercom, and Donna Westmoreland, the COO of concert promotion company I.M.P.
“This is a time for action. We need to support the Parkland teens, and kids across the country,” Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz said (via Variety). “We have their backs, and we must demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis.”
“I’m looking forward to being a part of this,” said G-Eazy, “and getting energized by these kids and other survivors who have been incredibly inspiring to me.”
Proceeds from the Stay Amped concert will go to Everytown for Gun Safety and Gabby Giffords’ Courage to Fight Gun Violence, two prominent anti-gun-violence organizations. Gabrielle Giffords, a former U.S. Representative who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, has been a major advocate for stricter gun laws.
“Music brings people together, fuels our energy, and offers us inspiration. It’s for those reasons music played such an important role in my recovery,” Giffords said in a statement.
“I’m thrilled that the night before students take to the streets to march in communities across the country, this concert will provide an opportunity for us to gather and show support for the activism of young people and to encourage them to stay loud as they demand a safer future.”
Tickets for the event go on sale Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. through the Ticketfly website and at local venues the Anthem, 9:30 Club, Merriweather Post Pavilion, and Lincoln Theatre.