Stand Up To Cancer & The 10 Greatest Benefit Concerts Of All Time
Yahoo! will be streaming the Stand Up To Cancer Benefit on September 7. One-hundred percent of all public donations will go directly to cancer research. Talent said to be participating: Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Alicia Keys, and Coldplay on the music end, with executive producers Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen bringing along Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Samuel L. Jackson, Seth Rogen, Emma Stone, Chelsea Handler, Rashida Jones, Minka Kell, and Jessica Biel, among the many, to entertain and answer the phones! The website--www.standup2cancer.org--can be consulted for more information.
Benefit concerts have provided attendees with some pretty fabulous talent to enjoy. It isn't often that one gets to stand in the middle of a field and hear a lineup of Grade A musical talent all in a row! Think of all the times you waited out an opening act to get to the headliners, and then think of the pure heaven that makes up some of these lineups. Plus, you get to do something that helps other people, all while enjoying yourself. Pinch me, I'm altruistic!
Here are 10 never-forget moments in Benefit concert history...
10) The Concert For Bangladesh: Two benefit concerts organized by former Beatle George Harrison and Norah Jones's dad, Ravi Shankar, were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, August 1, 1971, to raise money and awareness for East Pakistan refugees, struggling to become Bangladesh. The first benefit concert of its kind, "The Concert" brought together Harrison, Shankar, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman, Jim Keltner, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Badfinger, Ali Akbar Khan, and Bob Dylan.
9) The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert: Held on Easter Monday, April 20, 1992 at London's Wembley Stadium, this concert was both a tribute to the life of the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury and a benefit for AIDS research. Some folks performed with the surviving members of Queen, while others stood alone. Metallica, Def Leppard, U2, Guns N' Roses (with Slash and Axl!), Seal, David Bowie and Mick Ronson, Elton John, George Michael, Annie Lennox, and Robert Plant gave it their supportive all. Queen, Elton, and Axl even performed "Bohemian Rhapsody" together!
8) No Nukes: No Nukes consisted of several concerts held at Madison Square Garden in September 1979 by the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) group founded that year by Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, and Orleans's John Hall. Attendees enjoyed the music of those mentioned as well as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Paul Simon, Chaka Khan, Gil Scott-Heron, James Taylor, Carly Simon, Tom Petty, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.