Last week, we filled you in on our plans to re-air The Concert For New York City in its entirety, commercial-free, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this Sunday. We are also excited to announce that we’ll also be simultaneously be streaming this event on VH1.com beginning at 4 p.m. ET. Featuring emotionally charged performances by the likes of Paul McCartney, The Who, Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child and more, this one-time only replay will also benefit our friends at the Robin Hood Relief foundation. More details, including a complete list of exactly what time the performances from your favorite artists and actors will be airing, to follow as the week progresses.
Hard to believe, but it’s nearly been 10 years since our nation endured the horrific attacks of 9/11/01. It will be a somber and difficult day for everyone, but as we reflect back at the lives lost and the damage done on that terrible day, VH1 is planning on focusing on the spirit of community that brought our nation together in the difficult days and weeks after we suffered a national tragedy. On Sunday, September 11, 2011, we will be re-airing the entire 6-hour Concert For New York City broadcast without commercial interruption. That event raised over $30 million to benefit the victims of the World Trade Center attack and honor the heroic efforts of rescue workers, and featured legendary performances from the likes of Paul McCartney, The Who, Bon Jovi, and more. We’ll have more information on this event for you soon, but for now, here’s the press release that just hit the wires…
VH1 WILL RE-AIR HISTORIC EVENT THE CONCERT FOR NEW YORK CITY: TEN YEARS LATER ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
The Original Benefit Concert For The Robin Hood Foundation Was A Virtual Who?s Who Of Music, Comedy and Hollywood Including: Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, The Who, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Adam Sandler, Elton John, President Bill & Secretary Hillary Clinton, Jay-Z, Jerry Seinfeld, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jim Carrey, Denis Leary, Howard Stern, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani
The Concert For New York City: Ten Years Later Will Air In Its Entirety Commercial-Free On Sunday, September 11 From 4p-10p*
Actor/Director/Filmmaker Edward Burns To Host
The Concert Will Stream in its Entirety, Ad-Free, on VH1.com.
NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2011 ? VH1?s original broadcast of The Concert for New York brought together some of the biggest names in entertainment from all over the world to New York?s Madison Square Garden. Taped just weeks after 9/11, the event was organized to honor and support the victims and heroes of one of our nation?s most tragic events, and raised more than 30 million for the Robin Hood 9/11 Relief Fund, which distributed 100% of the money to charities benefitting victims and their families. In a special six-hour telecast, VH1?s The Concert for New York City: Ten Years Later will air in its entirety without commercial interruption on Sunday, September 11 from 4pm-10pm* and will simulcast on VH1.com. The re-broadcast will be hosted by actor/director/filmmaker Edward Burns, who was also a participant in the original concert presentation.
While it’s hard for some of us (*cough*) older (*cough*) folk to believe that it’s been thirty whole years since MTV launched, in a lot of ways, it’s hard to remember a time when MTV wasn’t around. Of course, for people who consider themselves either Gen Y or a Millenial, MTV is something that is generally taken for granted because it’s always been there, but for those of us who are Gen X or older, the launch of MTV on August 1, 1981 was something that we now recognize as having impacted our culture in ways too numerous to count.
As we look back at 30 years of MTV—highlights of which have been playing all weekend long on VH1 Classic—we thought we’d take this opportunity to throw you back to the beginning of an era, days that even predated visionary video artists like Michael Jackson and Madonna. Of course, every trivia nut worth their salt knows that “Video Killed The Radio Star” was the first video ever played on MTV, but what about the next 29? Take a gander at our list below of the first 30 videos ever played on Music Television, filled with some artists that were later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame (Rod Stewart, The Pretenders, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and some that we had never even HEARD of before today (PH.D, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters).
1) Buggles – “Video Killed the Radio Star”
2) Pat Benatar – “You Better Run”
Rockers like Foo Fighters‘ Dave Grohl and the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne payed tribute to The Who this weekend along with reality TV stars like Lauren Conrad and Kim Kardashian. Below, check pics from Rock Honors’ red carpet and Intermix’s 3rd Annual VH1 Rock Honors VIP Party. Tune in Thursday, July 17 to watch the big show.
Rock Honors 2008 Web site
Get ready – this year’s VH1 Rock Honors show is celebrating the Who in all their explosive glory. Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and the Flaming Lips will be on hand to rock the house at UCLA next month. We’re airing the show on July 17. But if you want to go to the live event on July 12, here’s the 411 on getting yourself into Pauley Pavillion.
This Friday, June 6, tickets go on sale to members of the Who’s Fan Club. One day later (June 7), members of both the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam fan clubs have purchasing access as well. On Sunday, June 8, the general public will be able to hit Ticketmaster for purchases (213-480-3232). Prices range from $300, $125, $65. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the following charities, Double O, Teenage Cancer Trust, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, VH1 Classic Autism campaign. Don’t miss the chance to see the legends live.
From “The Kids Are Alright” to “Who Are You” the British invasion’s most manic outfit has always been one of rock’s cornerstones. Talk about characters: the brainiac songwriter with the flying arms, the sexy singer with the robust stage presence, the silent bassist with the keen chops, and the tornado drummer with the crazed lifestyle – the guys in the Who have a combined chemistry that’s given their every move a daunting impact. That’s why they’ve been chosen to be the centerpiece of VH1′s 2008 Rock Honors presentation. It’s the first time the show has celebrated a single artist at its annual bash. The presentation airs on VH1 and VH1 Classic on July 17. An array of other high-vis artists will help celebrate the foursome – Pete Townsend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle, and Keith Moon – all night long. Yep, both Townsend and Daltrey will perform on the show.
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Led Zeppelin may be getting all the classic rock press these days, but there are still plenty of Beatles fans around, and it’s likely a few million of them will be lapping up the re-release of Help! The Fab Four’s second flick found them romping through the Bahamas and other far flung locales (some crits thought it was a lampoon of the then-new, intrigue-drenched James Bond movies), evading bad guys while trying to regain a rare piece of jewelry from Ringo‘s finger. It?s a quip fest (the guys’ banter always enhanced their charisma), a giddy backdrop for great tunes (“Ticket To Ride,” “You’re Going To Lose That Girl”) and a template for the entire Monkees empire. Watch a clip from the film after the jump. Check the “I Need You” video here.
You can hear the high-vis tunes on the weekly CSI franchises, and marketing campaigns have used “I’m Free” and “Happy Jack” of late. But for the most part the Who‘s music isn’t around all that much – frustrating for fans who know there are lots of other tracks to blast at top volume. Many of them are heard or discussed in Amazing Journey, a portrait of the band and VH1′s latest Rock Doc (watch it this Saturday night). Of course there are lots explosive songs by the band that don’t get spun enough. Write back and call us liars if you’ve given “I Can’t Reach You” some love lately.
Above is a nice clip regarding the quandary the guys had over choosing a band name. Make the jump if you want to find out why they were banned from Holiday Inns for life! And do make sure to tell us your fave Who song.
More proof that the party was over before you even dared to knock on the door — Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who. The film chronicles the rise of the British rock superpower, the band that not only hoped they’d die before they got old but helped coin the term “rock opera.” Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, John Entwhistle and Keith Moon provided a punkish counterpoint to the bluesier Stones and acid-addled Beatles; they were wild and free, crazy and beautiful, and their drummer was so unpredictable he once parked a car in a swimming pool. Anyway . . . VH1 will premiere the film on November 3rd (our version comes with 20 extra minutes, so be sure to watch). Above is the exclusive trailer. Don’t cry. Don’t raise your eye. It’s only teenage wasteland, yo.