Update: Top Stars Sign On For 'New York' Benefit
Paul McCartney will headline a benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., and has invited some of the biggest names in the music world to join him. McCartney's U.K. spoPaul McCartney will headline a benefit concert for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., and has invited some of the biggest names in the music world to join him. McCartney's U.K. spokesperson confirms that the event, which is being dubbed The Concert for New York, will be held Oct. 20 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The show will be broadcast commercial free on MTV, VH1, and other networks, and simulcast on radio stations internationally.
The Who, 2001 Billboard Century Award honoree John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Macy Gray, Goo Goo Dolls, and 1998 Billboard Century Award honoree James Taylor are among the artists confirmed to appear at the event, sponsored by VH1, Cablevision, and Miramax Films. Among the other acts rumored to be participating are Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, and David Bowie.
The U.K.'s The Sun newspaper reports that McCartney has even invited the surviving members of Led Zeppelin (vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones) to play; Zeppelin reformed in 1985 for the Live Aid hunger relief benefit, held simultaneously in Philadelphia and London.
Film stars Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Cusack, and members of all of New York's sports teams are also confirmed to appear at the gala.
All telecasts will feature a phone number and a Web site address for charitable donations. Tickets for the show go on sale Oct. 7 and range from individual seats to VIP packages.
Proceeds from the event will go to 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. Members of the New York Fire, Police, and Rescue crews and their families will be in the audience as invited guests.