As MTV News reported on Monday, Jay-Z will be headlining New York’s Madison Square Garden on September 11, the eighth anniversary of the tragic events of the World Trade Center attacks (and the release date of his long-awaited Blueprint 3 LP). Appropriately, proceeds netted from ticket sales to Hova’s hometown gig will go to support the families left behind by the men and women who died trying to save others during that morning’s recovery efforts.
Proceeds from the concert, dubbed “Answer the Call,” will go to the New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund, a charity established in 1985 to support the families of police officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty.
“This charity and concert encompass the true spirit of New York City,” [artist id="1269"]Jay[/artist] said in a press release. “We are asking everyone to ‘answer the call’ and support and honor the families of those that lost their lives. There is a true camaraderie and resiliency this city showed the world in 2001 and we continue that today by taking care of our own.”
Two days after Jay-Z’s performance at MSG, he’ll be heading 20 blocks uptown to the MTV Video Music Awards on September 13, where he’s in the running for two Moonmen and is slated to take the stage. Then, on September 14, he’ll appear on the debut installment of “The Jay Leno Show,” where he’s expected to appear with Kanye West and Rihanna for a performance of “Run This Town,” for which he recently released a video.