Comcast To Air Benefit Featuring Springsteen, Bon Jovi
The Alliance of Neighbors benefit concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Phoebe Snow, and Joan Jett will be broadcast live Friday (Oct. 19) via Philadelphia-based cable television providerThe Alliance of Neighbors benefit concert featuring Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Phoebe Snow, and Joan Jett will be broadcast live Friday (Oct. 19) via Philadelphia-based cable television provider Comcast's CN8-The Comcast Network channel. The event will be the second of two sold-out shows at the 1,400-capacity Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., to benefit area victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Also due to take part are E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent and drummer Max Weinberg, Joe Ely, Aztec Two-Step, Randy Moore, Highway 9 (formerly Sam Hill), and the Pilgrim Baptist Church Celestial Choir of Red Bank, as well as former members of Elvis Presley's backing band, Sonny Burgess, D. J. Fontana, and Jerry Sheff.
CN8 -- which reaches 4 million households in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland -- will begin coverage at 8 p.m. and carry the event through its expected midnight completion, "although it could go well beyond," according to a CN8 spokesperson.
Along with proceeds from the Oct. 18 and 19 concerts, funds will be solicited online through allianceofneighbors.org and a special toll-free number that will be active during the broadcast.
Spearheaded by Tallent, the event was originally planned as a tribute to Sun Records and a benefit for World Hunger Year, a New York-based organization started by Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres to raise funds to combat hunger and poverty. Proceeds from will now be distributed to area victims and their families through the Alliance of Neighbors of Monmouth County (P.O. Box 8580, Red Bank, NJ 07701).
"These concerts are just the first step in our efforts to help rebuild this community," Red Bank Mayor Edward McKenna said in a statement. "It's not about the music as much as it's about helping our friends, families, and neighbors. Bruce, Garry Tallent, and Jon are among the thousands of Monmouth County residents who are pulling together to provide comfort, support, and resources to those in the area who have been directly affected by this tragedy."
Interestingly, the concerts were originally scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, but changed shortly after tickets went on sale, leading many to speculate that Springsteen and several members of the E Street Band will participate in the Oct. 20 Concert for New York at Madison Square Garden along with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, the Who, and others. Springsteen and Bon Jovi also took part in the Sept. 21 America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon, which raised more than $150 million for the United Way's September 11th Fund.