Thesps, rock stars join up
VH1, Cablevision, Miramax Films and AOL have added Bono and Edge of U2, David Bowie, Elton John, Destiny’s Child and Janet Jackson to the “Concert for New York City,” to be held Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Event, which Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein helped organize, will benefit the victims of the Sept. 11 attack on New York City and will pay tribute to the spirit of New York and the heroism of the rescue workers. Five thousand members of New York fire, police and rescue crews and their families will be guests.
Also added to the roster are Harrison Ford, Selma Hayek, Will Farrell, Jim Carrey, Meg Ryan, Michael J. Fox, Susan Sarandon, David Spade, Julia Stiles, Denis Leary, John Cusack, Adam Sandler, Jimmy Fallon, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe. Paul Shaffer will serve as musical director.
Previously announced music lineup includes Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, the Who, Backstreet Boys, Bon Jovi, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Macy Gray, Goo Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge and Marc Anthony.
Live on TV, Web
Five-hour show will be telecast live and commercial free on VH1, and Webcast on AOL.com.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers,” said Mayor Rudolf Giuliani, “I want to thank the entertainment industry for using their unique talents to aid our recovery effort. Together, we will rebuild our lives and our city.”
All proceeds from “The Concert for New York City” go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, established by the Robin Hood Foundation to meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims of the World Trade Center attacks. Robin Hood will particularly help lower-income New Yorkers affected by the tragedy.
VH1, Cablevision, Miramax Films, AOL and their partners, including Clear Channel Entertainment, are underwriting all costs of the concert and telecast.