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"A Jersey-style rock relief show" 20 October 2001
Another "Alliance of Neighbors" show-related article

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From Chicago Sun Times:

RED BANK, N.J.--Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi joined forces with local bands and a church choir to raise more than $700,000 for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The artists performed two sold-out shows at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Some patrons paid as much as $500 a ticket for Thursday night's concert, hosted by Red Bank-based filmmaker Kevin Smith.

The Pilgrim Baptist Church Gospel Choir opened the show, then joined Bon Jovi for a performance of their hit "Keep the Faith". The band later performed "Abraham, Martin and John".

Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi said he was proud to feel "some sense of brotherhood and patriotism" in his home state.

"It's very tough to find the right thing to say," he told the crowd. "There's such a solemn note, but this is also such a celebration of our neighbors and families."

Springsteen met with some of the victims' families before the show, then came onstage early in the night to harmonize with Sonny Burgess and other musicians who recorded for Sun Records, the label that released Elvis Presley's early recordings.

Springsteen later returned to the stage to perform his own set.

Security for the event was extremely tight. Concertgoers were searched with metal detectors, and the street near the theater was blocked off.

The second show was scheduled for Friday night. Proceeds from the concerts will go to the Alliance of Neighbors of Monmouth County, a group providing relief for terrorist victims' families.

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