Even if you don't dig classic rock, you've gotta be grateful for the Concert For New York City, which so far has raised over $30 million for the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which will use the money to help the families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The dollar figure is the sum of ticket sales, corporate sponsorship, domestic and international TV rights, merchandising, auction funds and donations made through a toll free number and the Internet, according to a press release.
The Robin Hood Foundation expects a new stream of money to come in starting November 27, when Columbia Records releases a double CD featuring performances from the event (see "Concert For New York CD Coming In November").
The Concert for New York City took place October 20 at New York's Madison Square Garden and featured an all-star lineup of veteran performers including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, David Bowie, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, the Who, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Bon Jovi and Goo Goo Dolls (see "McCartney, Jagger, Bowie, The Who Come To NY's Aid").
Destiny's Child, Backstreet Boys, Macy Gray, Marc Anthony and Jay-Z also performed at the show, as did Janet Jackson, whose set was beamed in via satellite.
In addition to raising money, the Concert for New York City was a tribute to the vitality of the city and the heroism of the New York fire, police and rescue crews. Hundreds of cops, firemen and rescue workers attended the event, as did the families of many who died in the tragedy. Throughout the evening, audience members held up pictures of lost loved ones.
Comedians including Billy Crystal, Jim Carrey, Howard Stern, Adam Sandler, Will Farrell, David Spade, Mike Myers, Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon and Dan Ackroyd provided some of the evening's lighter moments. Other celebrities including Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Julia Stiles, John Cusack, Michael J. Fox, Hilary Swank, Salma Hayek, Mark Wahlberg, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Joe Torre and Reggie Jackson made presentations.
A host of politicians such as New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former president Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton and Governor George Pataki worked the crowd during the night.
The benefit also featured short films by Woody Allen, Edward Burns, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Smith.