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"McCartney, Jagger, Bowie, The Who Come To NY's Aid" 22 October 2001
Plus a link to a few Bon Jovi related photos from the show


Superstars from David Bowie to Paul McCartney to Jagger and Richards rained classic rock on thousands of firefighters, police officers and rescue workers Saturday night in a concert that raised millions of dollars for September 11 relief efforts.

While last month's relatively somber "America: A Tribute to Heroes" echoed the shock of a nation in mourning, the Concert for New York reflected the resolve of a country set on celebrating the heroism of its people and commitment to freedom. The live VH1 broadcast of the show, at Madison Square Garden, featured a telephone number and Web site ( for music fans to donate money, and Cablevision president and chief executive James Dolan told Reuters that ticket sales had already raised $14 million.

The show began quietly, with Bowie sitting solo at a keyboard, playing a calliope-like accompaniment as he sang Simon and Garfunkel's "America." When he launched into a soaring, full-band version of "Heroes" ? backed, as others would be, by Paul Shaffer and others from the "Late Show With David Letterman" house band the cops and firefighters began dancing in the aisles, and they rarely let up through the nearly six-hour show.

After an introductory monologue by Billy Crystal, who managed to draw laughs from such unfunny subjects as Osama Bin Laden and anthrax, Bon Jovi got fists pumping with mostly acoustic versions of "Livin' on a Prayer" and a rocking "It's My Life," while Goo Goo Dolls turned "Iris" with its repeated line "I just want you to know who I am" into an insistent demand to recognize the men and women lost on September 11.


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