Benefit Concert to Air Free on VH1


VH1 will team up with Cablevision Systems Corp. and Miramax Films on an Oct.
20 concert featuring some of the biggest names in music that will benefit the
victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

'The Concert for New York,' staged at Cablevision's Madison Square Garden,
will feature musical performances by Paul McCartney, The Who, Bon Jovi, James
Taylor, John Mellencamp, Macy Gray, Goo Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge and

The parties announced Thursday that VH1 will air the four-hour show
commercial-free, as will radio stations across the country. The VH1 Radio
Network and Westwood One/Infinity Broadcasting Corp. will coordinate the

The event will also be carried on television and radio networks around the
world, with all telecasts listing a phone number for charitable donations.

Additionally, America Online Inc. will Webcast the show on its AOL service,
supporting it with live chats and other interactive elements and

Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow and John Cusack will participate, as will
members of New York's sports teams. Other musical guests will be announced in
the days ahead.

Members of the New York fire, police and rescue crews and their families will
be invited as guests.

VH1, Cablevision, Miramax and their partners, including Clear Channel
Communications Inc., will underwrite all of the costs of the concert and
telecast to ensure that the money raised will go directly to the Robin Hood
Relief Fund, the Twin Towers Fund and other charities directly benefiting those
affected by the World Trade Center tragedy.

In a joint statement announcing the effort, Cablevision president and CEO
James Dolan, VH1 president John Sykes and Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein
said: 'This is an evening where all of us who either live in New York or love
this great city can show our appreciation and thanks to the thousands of workers
who risked their lives to save others. It also will pay tribute to the
incredible pride and resilience of New York City. The initial response from the
artist and entertainment community to this tribute has been nothing short of

Tickets go on sale Oct. 7 at noon.