Veteran rock artists Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, and Billy Joel are among those newly confirmed to participate in the Concert for New York, set for Oct. 20 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Latin su
Veteran rock artists Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, and Billy Joel are among those newly confirmed to participate in the Concert for New York, set for Oct. 20 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Latin superstar Marc Anthony, and up and coming acts Five For Fighting and India.Arie have also been added to the bill.
As previously reported, the concert -- which will be broadcast commercial free on VH1 and other networks, and simulcast on radio stations internationally -- will also boast performances from Paul McCartney, the Who, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Macy Gray, Melissa Etheridge, the Goo Goo Dolls, and James Taylor, as well as comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Carrey.
Also rumored to be invited to take part are David Bowie, Garth Brooks, and a reunion of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, although none have yet been confirmed. Bruce Springsteen, another rumored performer, is also as yet unconfirmed, but is expected to take part in a pair of benefit shows two nights earlier (Oct. 18, 19) at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, N.J., according to the Newark Star Ledger.
The sold-out New Jersey shows -- which will feature E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent acting as musical director, as well as E Street drummer Max Weinberg, Sonny Burgess, Joan Jett, and Phoebe Snow -- were originally set up to benefit World Hunger Year, but will now provide relief for tragedy-affected Jersey Shore-area victims and their families through the Alliance of Neighbors of Monmouth County.
Those concerts were also originally scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, leading many to speculate that Springsteen and several members of the E Street Band will participate in the MSG show, as was the case with the Sept. 21 "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon, which raised more than $150 million for the United Way's September 11th Fund.
Tickets for the Concert for New York will go on sale Monday (Oct. 8) via Ticketmaster, with VIP tickets available through the Robin Hood Foundation. Proceeds will benefit the Twin Towers Fund, which was established by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to assist and support the families of uniformed services members and other government personnel lost in the tragedy, plus other unnamed charities.