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A benefit concert for the police men and women and fire fighters of New York City in light of the 9/11 tragedy.
On October 20, 2001, this now-historic concert took place at Madison Square Garden, a mere six weeks after the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Thousands of firefighters, police officers, survivors, families, and fans witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event as, in the space of nearly six hours, many legendary musical performers donated their time and their talent to one of the greatest causes ever, in the process giving their audience an unforgettable burst of pure emotion.
Organized by Sir Paul McCartney, the Concert for New York City was an overwhelming experience that deserves to be saved for posterity. The two-CD audio recording is crammed with dozens of superb performances but doesn't give a sense of the whole show that this two-DVD set certainly does. Not only can we relive such seminal performers from that evening as the Who, David Bowie, John Mellencamp, and Sir Paul himself, we can see the charming and personal short films made for the occasion by such New York filmmakers as Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese, or the dozens of celebrities and unsung firefighters and police officers who immortalized that day with their stories and musical introductions.
There is one quibble: the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris," one of the blues standards Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy played, and McCartney's "From a Lover to a Friend" and "Lonely Road" are all missing, which seems curious, considering that the entire show could have easily fit onto two DVDs. So don't erase that videotape you made of the concert the night it aired, because that remains the definitive version. But this DVD (with very good Dolby 5.1 surround sound) comes close. --Kevin FilipskiSee all Editorial Reviews
- Recorded live at Madison Square Garden on October 20, 2001
- Net proceeds to benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund
- Play music only option
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The concert itself mesmerized me when I watched a rebroadcast on VH1 around Christmas 2001. This concert was organized and put on less than two months from the tragedy, and if you watch it today, remembering that, you can't help but tear up with the joy and sorrow experienced by the crowd when shots are displayed of them experiencing the show.
The Who was phenomenal and my favorite part. I also want to credit Melissa Etheridge's solo accoustic version of Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run. There are some performances I don't really care for, but again-the money is well spent for what you get and where those dollars go.
If there was one left at the store and I did not have this DVD I would pay $100 for it!