The Concert for New York City | 10/21/01
Madison Square Garden | New York, NY
With the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11 still stingingly fresh in our collective memory, Paul McCartney gathered together The Who, Bon Jovi, Macy Gray, John Mellencamp, Backstreet Boys and more, plus film and political luminaries like Adam Sandler, Billy Crystal, Tom Daschle and Harrison Ford for a benefit concert that was a defiant affirmation of the United States' ability to endure almost anything and thrive. Where most events of this sort truck in near-somber sincerity, The Concert for New York City welcomed in laughter and entertainment, both of which were in short supply for the many NYC firefighters and policemen and their families in attendance. Though studded with stellar turns like Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy doing "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards getting gospel on "Salt of the Earth," the pinnacle of the night might be Billy Joel's one-two punch of "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)" and "New York State of Mind," where MSG exploded as he punched lines like, "They turned our power down and drove us underground, but we went right on with the show," with an emotion impossible to duplicate. An incredible example of where the worst in human beings can sometimes be a catalyst for the very best in us. (Dennis Cook)
Full Lineup and Songs Played
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