VH1 to re-run 'Concert for New York'

Sept. 1, 2011 at 9:40 PM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- VH1 says it will air a special called "The Concert for New York City: Ten Years Later" to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on America.

The concert was taped at New York's Madison Square Garden weeks after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. VH1 said the event raised more than $30 million for the Robin Hood 9/11 Relief Fund.

The cable network's 6-hour telecast "The Concert for New York City: Ten Years Later" will air in its entirety without commercial interruption Sept. 11 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT and will be simulcast on VH1.com.

Actor/director/filmmaker Edward Burns, who took part in the original concert presentation, will serve as host of the rebroadcast. The special will also feature the short films that were part of the original telecast directed by Burns, Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Smith.

"The performances paid tribute to the spirit of New York and the heroism of the rescue workers who worked tirelessly to save others," VH1 noted about the concert in a news release Thursday. "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 and 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, [New York] Mayor Rudy Giuliani and numerous professional athletes from New York sports teams."

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