Hard to believe, but it’s nearly been 10 years since our nation endured the horrific attacks of 9/11/01. It will be a somber and difficult day for everyone, but as we reflect back at the lives lost and the damage done on that terrible day, VH1 is planning on focusing on the spirit of community that brought our nation together in the difficult days and weeks after we suffered a national tragedy. On Sunday, September 11, 2011, we will be re-airing the entire 6-hour Concert For New York City broadcast without commercial interruption. That event raised over $30 million to benefit the victims of the World Trade Center attack and honor the heroic efforts of rescue workers, and featured legendary performances from the likes of Paul McCartney, The Who, Bon Jovi, and more. We’ll have more information on this event for you soon, but for now, here’s the press release that just hit the wires…
VH1 WILL RE-AIR HISTORIC EVENT THE CONCERT FOR NEW YORK CITY: TEN YEARS LATER ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
The Original Benefit Concert For The Robin Hood Foundation Was A Virtual Who’s Who Of Music, Comedy and Hollywood Including: Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, The Who, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Adam Sandler, Elton John, President Bill & Secretary Hillary Clinton, Jay-Z, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jim Carrey, Denis Leary, Howard Stern, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani
The Concert For New York City: Ten Years Later Will Air In Its Entirety Commercial-Free On Sunday, September 11 From 4p-10p*
Actor/Director/Filmmaker Edward Burns To Host
The Concert Will Stream in its Entirety, Ad-Free, on VH1.com.
NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 – VH1’s original broadcast of The Concert for New York brought together some of the biggest names in entertainment from all over the world to New York’s Madison Square Garden. Taped just weeks after 9/11, the event was organized to honor and support the victims and heroes of one of our nation’s most tragic events, and raised more than 30 million for the Robin Hood 9/11 Relief Fund, which distributed 100% of the money to charities benefitting victims and their families. In a special six-hour telecast, VH1’s The Concert for New York City: Ten Years Later will air in its entirety without commercial interruption on Sunday, September 11 from 4pm-10pm* and will simulcast on VH1.com. The re-broadcast will be hosted by actor/director/filmmaker Edward Burns, who was also a participant in the original concert presentation.
The performances paid tribute to the spirit of New York and the heroism of the rescue workers who worked tirelessly to save others. Five thousand members of the New York Fire, Police and Rescue crews and their families were also in attendance as guests. Celebrity attendees/participants included: Bill & Hillary Clinton, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Adam Sandler, Jay-Z, Marc Anthony, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, David Spade, Julia Stiles, Denis Leary, Paul McCartney, The Who, Bon Jovi, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Macy Gray, Goo Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge, India.Arie, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, John Cusack, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and numerous professional athletes from New York sports teams.
The Concert For New York City: Ten Years Later will also feature the short films that were a part of the original telecast directed by some of Hollywood’s top filmmakers and entertainers. The films, all celebrating the spirit of New York, were shown throughout the evening and also aired live on VH1. Directors included Woody Allen, Edward Burns, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, and Kevin Smith.
The Robin Hood 9/11 Relief Fund was established by the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that targets poverty in New York by funding the best and most effective programs and partnering with them to maximize results. Even though the tragic events of September 11 occurred ten years ago, many victims, first responders and their families still require services that remain unfunded. Viewers can visit 911relief.robinhood.org to contribute.