A month after the senseless shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla., the students have become the vocal spokespeople for gun control and school safety. Following the shooting, the students were quick to join forces to speak out against gun violence and organize the March for Our Lives protest which will take place later this month.
While the students are doing their part to speak out against the government, entertainers are doing their part to help them out. In conjunction with the flagship March for Our Lives march in Washington D.C., Fall Out Boy have announced plans to headline the Stay Amped: A Concert to End Gun Violence event the night before the protest. On Tuesday (March 13), the Chicago-founded band, who all happen to be fathers, announced their plan to hold a benefit concert just hours before all those marchers are set to take to the streets of Washington.
“This is a time for action. We need to support the Parkland teens, and kids across the country,” Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz said in a press statement. “We have their backs, and we must demand our lawmakers do more to end this gun violence crisis.”
Joining Fall Out Boy on the bill will be G-Eazy, Bebe Rexha, Lizzo and other unannounced surprise guests. Throughout the night, concertgoers will hear from students and gun violence survivors as well as music from the headliners who all donated their performances to the cause.
Everytown is the largest gun-violence prevention organization in the United States while Giffords was formed after former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in an attempted assassination in 2011. Since the assassination attempt, Giffords has been advocating 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 press 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.”
Stay Amped will take place on March 23 at the Anthem in Washington D.C. with ticket sales beginning this Wednesday, March 14, at 10 a.m. ET.
The Stay Amped benefit concert announcement comes weeks after Parkland/Coral Springs-founded band New Found Glory announced plans to hold their own benefit show in Pompano Beach, Fla. in May. Last week, rock-centric music festival Fort Rock announced plans to offer 50 percent off discounts on all general admission weekend passes as long as those potential attendees sign the Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won’t petition, take a screenshot of the signed petition (or forward the confirmation email), and send it to a specific email address provided by organizers.