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THE WHO PT. 2 - The Concert for New York City (a musical celebration of gratitude for the 9-11 First Responders)

The Who Pt. 2 - Behind Blue Eyes, and Won't Get Fooled Again.Recorded live at Madison Square Garden on October 20, 2001, The Concert for New York City was a celebration of the strength, resilience and pride of New York and America in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Many of the attendees were families and fellow members of the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department, honoring those lost in the attacks and those who had worked in the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in the weeks since then.

The concert was organized by Paul McCartney and included many of his legendary British contemporaries, including The Who, Mick Jagger with Keith Richards, David Bowie, Elton John, and Eric Clapton.

Musically, the audience responded most fervently to The Who, roaring as they came on stage with a roiling "Who Are You", drowning out the band on the famous "It's only teenage wasteland" refrain of "Baba O'Riley", and reaching a peak of excitement with "Won't Get Fooled Again".

Lead singer Roger Daltrey's final words to the crowd of first responders and their families were: "We could never follow what you did."

This performance would turn out to be bassist John Entwistle's final performance in America with the Who; he died of a heart attack only eight months later.

The concert was broadcast live on VH1 October 20, 2001, and over $35 million was raised. An additional $275,000 was also raised with a connecting auction.

The concert was voted the #4 greatest moment in the history of Madison Square Garden.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who received Kennedy Center Honors from GWB, the President of the United States, and after several musicians performed their music, the finale was a surprise chorus of New York City police officers and rescue personnel who had been touched by their performance.

The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005, and won the first annual Freddie Mercury Lifetime Achievement in Live Music Award in 2006. They received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Phonographic Industry in 1988, and from the Grammy Foundation in 2001, for creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.

The NYC Concert:
Roger Daltrey – vocals, guitar.
Pete Townshend – guitar, vocals.
John Entwistle (9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002) – bass.
Zak Starkey (Ringo’s son) – drums.

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Added: Sep-11-2011 Occurred On: Oct-20-2001
By: smyle
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Tags: THE WHO, The Concert for New York City, rock and roll, 9-11, not youtube, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Location: New York, New York, United States (load item map)
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