Last Friday, in response to the tragedies of September 11th, many of movies“ and music’s biggest stars and television’s largest networks, lent their time and talents to America: A Tribute to Heroes, an effort to raise relief funds for the efforts in New York and Washington D.C. Now the record and video industries are chipping in producing both a CD and a DVD of the concert.
The benefit, which raised more than $150 million for the United Way’s September 11 Fund, featured a slew of memorable performances, from Bruce Springsteen’s “My City of Ruins” to Neil Young’s> “Imagine” to Celine Dion’s “God Bless America.” Performers Friday night also included Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, The Dixie Chicks, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, U2, Sting, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Wyclef Jean, Billy Joel, Limp Bizkit, Enrique Iglesias and Willie Nelson.
Not simply cashing in on the situation, the artists have agreed to waive their royalty fees for the album and video. Interscope Records, the producer of the CD, and possibly the DVD as well are distributing the discs with proceeds going to the September 11 Fund.
Many technical and legal issues have to be hammered out before the discs can be released, but producers of the Special, feel they should be available soon. In the meantime, donations for the benefit are still being accepted at the Tribute To Heroes Website.