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The Concert for New York City was a benefit concert, featuring many famous musicians, that took place on October 20, 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York City in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most of the attendees were families and fellow members of the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department, honoring those lost in the attacks and those who had worked in the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in the weeks since then. A benefit concert is a concert featuring musicians, comedians, or other performers that is held for a charitable purpose, often directed at a specific and immediate humanitarian crisis. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... The Fire Department, City of New York (FDNY) has the responsibility of protecting the New York Citys five boroughs from fires and fire hazards, as well as preventing disasters like The Station nightclub fire in nearby Rhode Island, and the trampling deaths at an overcrowded building in Chicago. ... The New York City Police Department (NYPD) , the largest police department in the United States, has primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. ...


The concert was organized by Paul McCartney and included many of his legendary British contemporaries, including Mick Jagger with Keith Richards, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, and Eric Clapton. American artists included Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Destiny's Child, the Backstreet Boys, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Melissa Etheridge, Five for Fighting, Goo Goo Dolls, and John Mellencamp with Kid Rock, as well as an "Operaman" performance by Adam Sandler, singing a medley covering topics including the concert, the greatness of New York City, and about Osama Bin Laden being a coward. Various celebrities and political figures such as Rudy Guliani appeared in between the acts. Many athletes also appeared between the acts including Joe Torre, whose Yankees had just made their 4th straight World Series. Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an Academy Award– and Grammy Award–winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Sir Michael Phillip Mick Jagger CBE (born July 26, 1943) is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer and a founding member of The Rolling Stones in 1962. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century,[1] garnering an unprecedented three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from New Jersey. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Destinys Child was a three-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B girl group. ... Backstreet Boys at the 2002 , Grammy Awards The Backstreet Boys are a Grammy-nominated male vocal pop group that enjoyed enormous success in the mid-late 1990s and 2000s. ... James Vernon Taylor (born March 12, 1948) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, born in Belmont, Massachusetts. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949, in Bronx, New York, USA) is an American singer, pianist, and songwriter. ... Melissa Lou Etheridge (born May 29, 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas) is a Grammy- and Academy Award-winning American rock musician. ... Five for Fighting is the stage name of American singer-songwriter John Ondrasik. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American rock/roots rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including Jack and Diane, Pink Houses and others, and by his role in the... Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), best known as Kid Rock, is an American rapper, singer and rock musician most notable for his albums Devil Without a Cause and Cocky and his hit singles Bawitdaba and Picture. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Saturday Night Live. ... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American comedian, screenwriter, director, producer, actor, and musician. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Osama bin Muhammad bin Awad bin Laden (Arabic: ‎; born March 10, 1957[1]), most often mentioned as Osama bin Laden or Usama bin Laden, is a Saudi Arabian militant Islamist and is widely believed to be one of the founders of the organization called al-Qaeda. ... Rudolph William Louis Giuliani III (born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, businessman, and Republican politician from the state of New York. ... Joseph Paul Torre (born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York) is currently the manager of the New York Yankees and a former Major League Baseball player in the National League for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, St. ...


The concert also included several short films made by New York City's most notable filmmakers - Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, and Spike Lee. Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Königsberg on December 1, 1935) is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. ... Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese (IPA: AmE: ; Ita: []) (born November 17, 1942) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Directors Guild of America award winning American film director, writer and producer and founder World Cinema Foundation. ... This section has been identified as trivia. ...

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Audience reaction

The crowd itself was extremely emotional, with family members and colleagues holding up portraits of lost ones. Three of the speakers were booed: actress Susan Sarandon (for plugging New York mayoralty candidate Mark Green), actor Richard Gere (for speaking about non-violence), and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (before saying anything at all). Hillary Clinton did not overtly acknowledge the reaction, and spoke over the noise of the crowd by raising her voice. (In contrast, President Bill Clinton also appeared, but was positively received by the crowd.) Richard Gere did acknowledge the crowd's jeering of his pacifist stance, stating, "I know that sentiment isn't popular right now, but that's okay."[citation needed] Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Mark Green Mark J. Green (b. ... Richard Tiffany Gere[1] (born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. ... Hillary Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham on October 26, 1947) is the Biggest loser/retard these united states have seen from New York. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


Musically, the audience responded most fervently to The Who, especially as they came on stage with a roiling "Who Are You". Other highlights included David Bowie's opening tandem of Paul Simon's "America" and his own "Heroes", dedicated to his local ladder company, Bon Jovi's "It's My Life", Billy Joel's eerily accurate "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)" where Joel says after singing it, "I wrote that song 25 years ago as a science fiction song never thinking it would be a reality, but unlike the end of that song, WE AIN'T GOIN' ANYWHERE!!" Elton John's sentimental "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters", John Mellencamp's and Kid Rock's vamp on "Pink Houses", and Paul McCartney's closing new song, "Freedom". This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... America, a Paul Simon song, was made popular by 1960s folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. ... Redirect page ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from New Jersey. ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949, in Bronx, New York, USA) is an American singer, pianist, and songwriter. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a multiple Grammy and Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American rock/roots rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including Jack and Diane, Pink Houses and others, and by his role in the... Robert James Ritchie (born January 17, 1971), best known as Kid Rock, is an American rapper, singer and rock musician most notable for his albums Devil Without a Cause and Cocky and his hit singles Bawitdaba and Picture. ...


Broadcast

The concert was broadcast live on VH1, and over $35 million was raised. An additional $275,000 was also raised with a connecting auction. A one hour highlight show was broadcast on CBS the following month. An album and DVD of the event was released in January 2002. VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


Critical reaction

In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine selected this concert, along with the earlier America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon, as one of the 50 moments that changed rock and roll. It was also voted the #4 greatest moment in the history of Madison Square Garden.[citation needed] This article is about the magazine. ... America: A Tribute to Heroes was a benefit concert organized in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and United States television networks. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...


See also


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The Concert for New York City - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (139 words)
The Concert for New York City was a concert that took place on October 20, 2001 at Madison Square Garden in New York City in response to the 9/11 tragedy.
An album and DVD of the event was released in January 2002.
In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine selected this concert, along with the earlier America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon, as one of the 50 moments that changed rock and roll.
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