'Concert for New York' Draws Big-Name Stars

More musicians and stars, some of whom are doing double and triple duty for other fund-raisers, are uniting for another benefit concert, this one to be held in New York City's Madison Square Garden

Big musical acts — from Paul McCartney to The Who to Bon Jovi — and Hollywood stars like Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, and John Cusack will stage a concert on Oct. 20 to benefit victims and rescue workers from the attacks on the World Trade Center, organizers said Thursday. "The Concert for New York" will also be televised live on VH1. Other confirmed performers, include John Mellencamp, Goo Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge, James Taylor, and India.Arie. The money raised will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which was established by the Robin Hood Foundation, which helps needy families in New York, and the Twin Towers Fund, which was established by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to benefit rescue workers. Funds will also go to a number of other relief organizations.

More than 6,000 people are believed to be dead or missing, New York officials said on Thursday.

Tickets for the event are scheduled to go on sale Sunday, Oct. 7 at noon through Ticketmaster.

VH1, which is owned by Viacom Inc.; New York cable operator Cablevision Systems Corp., which also owns the Garden, and Walt Disney Co.'s Miramax Films unit will help underwrite the costs of the event. America Online plans to webcast the event.

McCartney was originally planning to host a concert of his own to benefit New York's firefighters, but agreed this week to join the larger event, according to Reuters.

Reuters contributed to this story.

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