- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 20, 2001

Some of the biggest names in music, including Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Tim McGraw and 'N Sync, are coming together this weekend for three separate benefit concerts to raise money for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Tickets for tomorrow's "United We Stand" concert at RFK Stadium in Washington initially sold out Monday night, but additional seats were still available yesterday at TicketMaster outlets. The lineup for the show features Mr. Jackson, Bette Midler, Aerosmith, 'N Sync, John Mellencamp, the Backstreet Boys, James Brown, Al Green, Ricky Martin, Huey Lewis, Rod Stewart, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Train, Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Carole King and several other artists.
In a separate development, the Washington theater community announced it will present a benefit performance, called "Not a Day Goes By," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Co-sponsoring the benefit with the Helen Hayes Awards and the League of Washington Theatres, the group will give the proceeds to the Survivors' Fund of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region. Admission is by donation.
"As theater artists we share a deep sense of loss over the events of last month and also feel that we have a great deal to give," says organizer Eric Schaeffer, artistic director of Signature Theatre in Arlington. The performance will combine music, short scenes from productions and talks by theater artistic directors.
The RFK concert will include a video montage recorded by Janet Jackson.
"It's everybody and anybody," says Lance Bass, of 'N Sync. "People that you would never think would take the stage together are coming together for the first time."
Mick Jagger was dropped from the lineup last week because of a scheduling conflict, and the band Kiss pulled out of the show while singer-guitarist Paul Stanley undergoes hip surgery.
The Backstreet Boys will kick off the concert at 1 p.m. by singing the national anthem. Michael Jackson plans to close the show by singing his new song "What More Can I Give?" with many of the other artists.
Concertgoers are urged to pick up their tickets at the RFK Stadium Box Office, at 22nd and East Capitol streets, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today to avoid long lines tomorrow at the will-call window.
Proceeds from ticket sales have raised roughly $2 million for charity, according to event organizers. The money will go to the American Red Cross Liberty Relief Fund, the Salvation Army Relief Fund and the Pentagon Relief Fund.
"United We Stand" is set to air as a two-hour special at 8 p.m. Nov. 1 on ABC, with actor John Stamos hosting.
The weekend of concerts begins tonight with the "Concert for New York City," which airs at 7 p.m. on VH-1. The program, live from Madison Square Garden, features Mr. McCartney, David Bowie, Elton John, the Backstreet Boys, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Bono and the Edge from U2 and other artists.
"This concert will honor those heroes and heroines and I'm very proud to be doing that," Mr. McCartney says.
Viewers will be able to donate money to the relief efforts during the show via a number that will be flashed across television screens. A double-disc CD likely will be released of the event by Columbia Records, with most proceeds going to charity.
The "Country Freedom Concert," a country-themed benefit show, takes place tomorrow, with Mr. McGraw, Sara Evans, Trisha Yearwood and Brooks and Dunn among the featured acts. That concert airs from Nashville at 8 p.m. on Country Music Television.
"This is what our talent is, and our chance to make some money for these people and make a difference in what's going on," Mr. McGraw says. "This is one time to use your profile to help something."
Last month's benefit show "America: A Tribute to Heroes" raised $150 million for charity. A number of local clubs, including the Improv, have held smaller benefit shows recently.
For the local theater-community benefit, tickets will be distributed at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the North Gallery on the Roof Terrace Level of the Kennedy Center, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. There is a limit of two tickets per person.
In another development, Arena Stage has added a special performance of "Eleanor: Her Secret Journey" at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 to benefit victims and families of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. For tickets call 202/554-9066.
This story is based, in part, on wire service reports.

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