Artists including Måneskin, Metallica and Weezer have joined the Stand Up for Ukraine social media campaign.
As previously reported, the Global Citizen-organized initiative will feature musicians coming together on social media this Friday, April 8, to show support for Ukraine as it continues to fight against Russia's ongoing invasion.
Stand Up for Ukraine is designed to mobilize people across the globe to call on world leaders to commit billions of dollars to help refugees. It takes place ahead of a global humanitarian pledging summit taking place on April 9.
Among the other artists that have newly signed on to take part in the initiative are Bastille, Dave Matthews, Fall Out Boy, Hozier, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Panic! at the Disco and Third Eye Blind and Weezer.
Previously announced participants include Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, U2, Ozzy Osbourne, Billie Eilish, Radiohead and Tame Impala.
More than 12 million people need assistance due to the war in Ukraine, and more than 6.5 million have been displaced internally; in addition, more than 3.5 million have left the country for neighboring countries. Nearly two million are women and children. Since the conflict began, one child from Ukraine becomes a refugee every second.
The new Netflix film Metal Lords may be a coming-of-age film about teens who want to play heavy metal, but for executive music director Tom Morello, it's also a good example of how music can help people through tough times, including the shocking loss of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.
While promoting the movie, Morello told ABC Audio that he isn't "that comfortable" talking about Hawkins' death, because, he notes, "It's still pretty fresh." However, he says the movie allows him to "reflect upon" what he calls "the redemptive power of music."
"You know, for friends and musician friends -- alive and who have passed -- and how I've felt their music has helped and transformed me and how they have been helped and transformed by music --- that's something to reflect upon that, y'know, has some analogous connection to the movie," Morello explains.
Metal Lords follows two high school friends, Hunter and Kevin -- played by Adrian Greensmith and Jaeden Martell -- who start a metal band together. In search of a bassist, they recruit school band cellist Emily, played by Isis Hainsworth. Teen drama ensues, lessons are learned and of course, there's a Battle of the Bands...all set to a heavy metal soundtrack.
Metal Lords is directed by Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist filmmaker Peter Sollett, and was written by Game of Thrones co-creator D.B. Weiss. It premieres on Netflix April 8.