Celine Dion, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Enrique Iglesias, Limp Bizkit, Sting, and U2 have been added to the talent lineup for tonight’s (Sept. 21) telethon benefitting the World Trade Center and Pentagon attack relief funds. The unprecedented commercial-free telecast begins at 9 p.m. EDT. More than 30 television networks have agreed to air the program simultaneously. It’s being organized by the four largest: ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox.
CMT: Country Music Television, Fox Sports Net, Hallmark Channel, Turner South, and USA are the latest cable networks to join.
Celebrity participants, including Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and Dennis Franz, are expected to introduce the musical artists. Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, and Bon Jovi are among the performers.
Organizers also said a celebrity phone bank to take caller donations has been set up. Participants include Sally Field, Meg Ryan, Jack Nicholson, Sylvester Stallone, and Adam Sandler.
The special will also be heard on more than 8,000 radio stations. As previously reported, proceeds will benefit the United Way’s September 11th fund.
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