Rockers Help NYC Heal After 9/11
In October 2001, six weeks after the September 11 attacks, the biggest names in music gathered together at New York City's Madison Square Garden for a benefit concert for the area.
Organized by Paul McCartney, the 5 ½ hour-long event--called The Concert for New York City--honored those lost in the attacks, their families, and those who were aiding the rescue and recovery effort. For an audience primarily consisting of city police officers, firemen, and their families, The Who, Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Jay-Z, Elton John, and more performed, along with appearances by celebrities such as Will Ferrell, Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, and Leonardo DiCaprio. The event also featured short films by Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and others.
Many of the participants had heartfelt, uplifting words to say about the strength of New York and how the city (and the country) would get through the tragedy. And being comforted and empowered by our favorite rock stars really did help us get through it.
The concert, which was broadcast live on VH1, raised $35 million in aid for 9/11 victims and heroes, and an additional $275,000 for the Robin Hood Relief Fund via autographed, auctioned items from the artists who performed.