'America: A Tribute to Heroes' Comes Home on VHS/DVD/CD Dec. 47 Nov, 2001 By: Hive News
In another unprecedented collaboration of the entertainment industry in support of America, the five major music companies -- BMG, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group -- will cooperate onthe not-for-profit release of a two-disc CD set and a DVD/videocassette ofAmerica: A Tribute to Heroes, continuing the fundraising efforts of the two-hour all-star tribute that was viewed by more than 100,000,000 people onSept. 21.
The distributors' net proceeds from the CDs and the DVD/videocassettes will go to the September 11 Telethon Fund. All five music companies will suspend label exclusivity clauses for their artists, as well as waive allpublishing fees under their control in connection with the sale of the CD andDVD/videocassette. As they did for the broadcast, all the performers have also waived all of their rights and fees.
The two-disc CD set, featuring 21 musical performances, will be releasedby Interscope Records in the U.S. and Canada on Dec. 4, with Universal handling the distribution in those territories. The CD set will be released outside of North America by Sony Music Entertainment starting Dec. 3.
The DVD and videocassette, which capture every minute of the live event, are being released worldwide by Warner Bros. Records in pattern with the CD.
The musical tracks include: Bruce Springsteen performing "My City OfRuin," Stevie Wonder and Take 6 performing "Love's in Need of Love Today," U2 performing "Walk On," Faith Hill performing "There Will Come a Day," Tom Pettyand the Heartbreakers performing "I Won't Back Down," Enrique Iglesiasperforming "Hero," Neil Young performing "Imagine," Alicia Keys performing "Someday We'll All Be Free," Limp Bizkit with John Rzeznick of the Goo Goo Dolls performing "Wish You Were Here," Billy Joel performing "New York Stateof Mind," Dixie Chicks performing "I Believe in Love," Dave Matthewsperforming "Everyday," Wyclef Jean performing "Redemption Song," Mariah Careyperforming "Hero," Bon Jovi performing "Livin' on a Prayer," Sheryl Crowperforming "Safe and Sound," Sting performing "Fragile," Eddie Vedder performing "Long Road," Paul Simon performing "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Celine Dion performing "God Bless America" and Willie Nelson joining with a host of superstars to perform "America the Beautiful."
Celebrities lending their voices to the DVD and video are: Muhammad Ali, Amy Brenneman, Jim Carrey, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, CameronDiaz, Robert De Niro, Clint Eastwood, Calista Flockhart, Dennis Franz, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Hanks, Jane Kaczmarek, Conan O'Brien, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Will Smith, Jimmy Smits, Sela Ward and Robin Williams.
More than 50 musicians and actors took part in the commercial-free, simulcast of America: A Tribute to Heroes that wascarried on more than 35 U.S. broadcast and cable television networks,8,000 radio stations, on the Internet, on the Armed Forces Network to U.S. military personnel in over 175 countries and provided to television outlets inmore than 210 countries.
The four major broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, organized and underwrote the coming together of the entertainment industry to directly help victims and their families by raising funds for the specially created Sept. 11 Telethon Fund, which is being administered, at no cost to the Telethon Fund, by the United Way.