Millions Raised By Weekend Benefit Concerts
Millions of dollars were raised over the weekend for disaster relief from star-studded concerts in New York, Washington, D.C., and Nashville. The Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden --Millions of dollars were raised over the weekend for disaster relief from star-studded concerts in New York, Washington, D.C., and Nashville. The Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden -- with performances by Paul McCartney, the Who, Billy Joel, Elton John, John Mellencamp, David Bowie, James Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bon Jovi, Destiny's Child, Backstreet Boys, and Janet Jackson -- grossed more than $14 million from ticket sales. All proceeds from that concert, including concessions sales, benefit the Robin Hood Foundation.
The concert, broadcast on VH1, sold out at about 14,000 tickets; 6,500 rescue workers and their families were guests of the show. Presented by VH1, Miramax Films, Cablevision, and AOL, Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) handled production duties for the event, which will generate more funds through a planned CD and DVD release of performances from the show.
In Washington, D.C., a sold-out RFK Stadium crowd of 46,000 watched performances by dozens of artists, including the Backstreet Boys, Bette Midler, 'N Sync, Aerosmith, and Michael Jackson. United We Stand: What More Can I Give, which grossed about $3 million in ticket sales, was produced by CCE. The concert benefited the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and the Pentagon Relief Fund.
And the United We Stand concert will continue to raise money through a Nov. 1 ABC television broadcast of highlights from the concert. Hosted by actor John Stamos, the two-hour presentation will feature performances by the Backstreet Boys, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Martin, Carole King, P. Diddy, James Brown, and Train. The show, which will solicit donations through a Web site and toll-free phone number during the broadcast, will close with Jackson leading many of the event's participating artists in an all-star finale of his song "What More Can I Give."
In Nashville, CCE also produced the Country Freedom Concert, with George Strait, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, George Jones, Martina McBride, Clint Black, Diamond Rio, Hank Williams, Jr., Lee Ann Womack, Keith Urban, Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, and Earl Scruggs. Sources say the show drew about 10,000 people, and was broadcast on CMT: Country Music Television. Country Freedom benefited the Salvation Army's disaster relief fund.