Benefit Update: Beasties, NYC, Country Freedom
The Beastie Boys have added a second night to their New Yorkers Against Violence benefit concert, to be held Oct. 29 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. While the veteran hip-hop trio and Pakistani voThe Beastie Boys have added a second night to their New Yorkers Against Violence benefit concert, to be held Oct. 29 at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. While the veteran hip-hop trio and Pakistani vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will perform at both, the second show boasts a different lineup, featuring the Roots, Mos Def, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Afrika Bambaata. Tickets go on sale at 5 p.m. today (Oct. 18) via all Ticketmaster outlets.
As previously reported, the sold-out, Oct. 28 edition of the show will feature New York-based rock outfits Rival School and the Strokes, the B-52s, Cibo Matto, and Saul Williams.
All proceeds will benefit Sept. 11 relief efforts via the New York Association for New Americans and the New York Women's Foundation.
"In light of everything New York City's firefighters, police, and rescue workers have already done, getting this event together is the least we could do," Beastie Boys member Mike Diamond said in a statement. "The sacrifices and true heroics of these people have been an inspiration to the entire world."
In other benefit news:
Rapper Jay-Z has joined the lineup for Saturday's (Oct. 20) Concert for New York benefit at the city's Madison Square Garden. In addition, organizers announced that Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Smith, and Edward Burns have each directed an original short film that will air during the event.
Meanwhile, Nashville's Country Freedom Concert, talking place Sunday (Oct. 21) at the Gaylord Entertainment Center, has added Diamond Rio, Montgomery Gentry, and Earl Scruggs to its lineup. As reported earlier today, tickets to the event, which will be broadcast live on cable music network CMT, are still available. The show, to benefit the Salvation Army's Disaster Relief Fund ,will also feature performances by George Strait, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, the Charlie Daniels Band, Vince Gill, George Jones, Lonestar, Lee Ann Womack, and Sara Evans.
Toby Keith and Travis Tritt, who are unable to perform at the event due to previous commitments, will appear via specially filmed vignettes that will be shown during the concert and on the CMT broadcast. Keith's segment was filmed at the former World Trade Center site in New York now known as ground zero, while Tritt visited with military personnel and their families at Georgia's Dobbins Air Force Base.
Finally, veteran New Jersey rock act the Smithereens will take part in tomorrow night's Alliance of Neighbors concert at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J. As previously reported, the show, which will feature Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, Phoebe Snow, and others, will be broadcast live by Comcast's CN8 cable channel, and benefit Jersey Shore area residents affected by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.