Clapton, McCartney, The Who and Others Perform At The Concert For New York
21 Oct 01
"The Concert For New York" which happened on Saturday 20 October has already raised millions for relatives of World Trade Center attack victims, and it is expected to raise much more with the release of a two-disc CD and a DVD featuring music from the show in November. Proceeds will be disbursed by The Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Right after his South American Tour ended in Mexico on 19 October, Eric Clapton flew to New York to take part in this historic event. Clapton and Buddy Guy performed "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Everythings Gonna Be Alright" at the event organized by Sir Paul McCartney. They were backed by a band lead by Paul Shaffer (The Late Show with David Letterman). Far from a grim event, it celebrated the city’s (and America’s) resiliency in a time of crisis.
David Bowie kicked off the concert with a tribute to local firefighters followed by a rendition of his hit song "Heroes". The line-up also included The Who, Billy Joel, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Melissa Etheridge, Macy Gray, Destiny’s Child, James Taylor and Jon Bon Jovi, while other bands, including U2, sent recorded messages of support.
At the end of the evening, Clapton came back on stage with many of the evening’s performers for the finale of "Let It Be" and McCartney’s specially penned song, "Freedom".