Remembering The Incredible “Concert For New York City” In The Wake Of 9/11 [Watch]

first_imgFollowing the tragic and horrific events of September 11th, 2001, New York City quickly galvanized in a way I had never witnessed. Everyone was searching for answers that would never be found, and we all realized that we had to return to our normal lives in one way or another. The grieving would have to stop, and, in lieu of that void, a celebration of life began.I was lucky to witness New York Mets superstar Mike Piazza and his towering home run against the Atlanta Braves on September 21st in person. It seemed like the first moment of true celebration since the towers came down. My family went home that night and stayed up late watching the America: A Tribute To Heroes telethon, which was broadcast on all of the major networks. Musical performances were provided by Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and more to help raise $200 Million in aide and relief efforts. It was incredible, however this was just a warm-up for the outpouring of love and positivity that would come with the expertly executed Concert for New York City.The Concert for New York City was, by all means, the night that we as a city (and as a country) howled into the night in jubilation and celebration. The show featured a ridiculous lineup of rock icons mixed in which speeches by major politicians, skits by comedians, and short-films by New York filmmakers. Paul McCartney organized the event, and made sure to bring a ton of his musical friends from the U.K. as a sign of solidarity. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, The Who, and Elton John all performed at the event, as did reclusive New York transplant David Bowie. McCartney made sure to include a ton of American talent as well, with James Taylor, Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Melissa Ethridge, Goo Goo Dolls, and Backstreet Boys all featured alongside the British icons. It was a truly impressive effort, and I remember being in complete awe of the lineup when it was announced. America had been attacked for our way of life, and our response was to showcase the brightest and most talented artists of our time. The event was slated to take place on October 20th at the mecca of American entertainment, NYC’s Madison Square Garden.While the show featured several standout performances, it was the night’s opener that immediately connected with the audience. David Bowie opened the night with a beautiful solo take on Simon and Garfunkel‘s “America”. Bowie followed up with a short speech: “Hi, friends. Hi, fellow New Yorkers. I’d particularly like to say hello to the folks from my local ladder, you know where you are. I must say, it’s an absolute privilege to play for you tonight.” Bowie then launched into a celebratory version of “Heroes”. It was at this point that the cameras showed the audience, filled with police officers, firefighters, first responders, and the families of those lost in the tragedy. An emotional reveal for sure, and a powerful moment for all in the room, as all of these heroes weren’t seen mourning; rather, they were smiling, cheering, and celebrating life with each other, waving American flags throughout the evening and going crazy for their favorite musicians.Watch David Bowie perform Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” and his own “Heroes” at the Concert For New York City below: The other set that sticks out is the powerful, earth-shattering performance by veteran rockers The Who. Actor John Cusack, clearly a huge fan of the band, went absolutely wild when introducing them as he was surrounded by a sea of equally excited first responders. The band kicked off their set with a super-charged “Who Are You”, with Pete Townshend showcasing his wild guitar windmills all the while. The next track, “Baba O’Riley”, saw the audience bursting with energy, drowning out Roger Daltrey‘s vocals as they screamed the song’s “teenage wasteland” refrain. “Behind Blue Eyes” provided an emotional moment, before “Won’t Get Fooled Again” brought the roars back to MSG. The crowd ate up The Who’s passionate performance, and it served as the night’s greatest highlight. “Won’t Get Fooled Again” served as a rallying cry that evening, and it became the theme of the night, as well as the theme of an entire generation of Americans.Watch the entire powerful performance by The Who at the Concert for New York City, courtesy of Daily Motion’s IvorTheEngineDriver. The night contained plenty of other standout performances, almost too many to count. Many of the entertainers had close ties to New York City in one way or another; Billy Crystal performed a comedy routine; New Jersey hero Bon Jovi performed hits like “Living on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive”; Brooklyn-boy Jay-Z performed “Izzo” (H.O.V.A.)”; Adam Sandler reprised his role as Operaman from Saturday Night Live for a raucous, Osama Bin Laden-themed comedy bit that had the crowd doubled over with laughter.Billy Joel took the stage to a huge ovation, and he returned the energy in kind with energetic performances of “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)” and a show-stopping version of “New York State of Mind”. Elton John delivered a standout version of “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” before his brother in keys, Billy Joel, returned to the stage to perform an excellent duet performance of “Your Song”. And, of course, the evening’s organizer, Paul McCartney, performed the show’s finale. He delivered a six-song set that included emotional takes on “Yesterday” and “Let It Be”, as well as the debut of his song “Freedom”, which had been written as a response to the attacks. He encouraged the crowd to clap along with the song’s beat, providing a true moment of togetherness between the audience and quite possibly the world’s most legendary living musician. He performed the new number while surrounded by giddy first responders form the NYPD and NYFD.The benefit concert, which was aired live on MTV sister network VH1, raised $35 Million over the course of its broadcast. The concert would go on to be considered one of the most important nights in modern musical history, and in the long and winding history of New York City. For one night, the entire city and country was aligned in celebration, in mourning, and in togetherness. It set the tone for all of us to finally move forward, with the entire city buying into the “won’t get fooled again” mantra that The Who had provided. It was an unbelievable night indeed, and all who witnessed it at MSG or on television at home saw something special, unique, and perfect.The Concert for New York City is available for viewing on YouTube for a ridiculously low price of $3.99, which you can access by clicking here. The run-time is just under five hours, and contains all of the night’s performances and short-films. It may be fifteen years later, but the raw emotion and feelings of unity feel just as strong today as they did all those years ago. It made a huge impression on me as a teenager, the impact of which I can still feel to this day. Music provided the ultimate moment of peace, release, togetherness, and relief. It was a remarkable, inspirational night that showcased the awesome power of artistic expression.Peace and love to everyone affected by the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Thanks to all of the first responders for their heroics, and thanks to my beloved New York City for turning such a tragedy into so much positivity and togetherness.Listen to Paul McCartney’s 9/11-inspired anthem “Freedom”, performed live at the Concert for New York City, courtesy of YouTube user nowhereman113.last_img read more

Angels lose another game to Red Sox, another pitcher to injury

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We’ve had a hard time putting everything together. We have. It’s not an excuse but we’ve had a lot of (stuff) not go our way. Everybody understands what we have ahead of us.“It’s gotta start with one and we build from there.”Heaney took the ball on Wednesday looking to be that one starter who would give the Angels a strong outing against the Red Sox, who had outscored the Angels 36-4 in their first four meetings.He managed one scoreless inning and then fell apart in the second. He gave up six runs on three homers.“We had a game plan going in, and I did not execute it any way shape or form,” Heaney said. “I didn’t make any of the pitches I wanted to. I fell behind. I didn’t bail myself out by making good pitches. They’re a good hitting team and they punched me for it.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Still, the Angels fought back. Ian Kinsler hit a solo homer in the fifth. Maldonado hit a three-run shot in the sixth. In the seventh, with the help of a Boston error that extended the inning, the Angels tied it on Andrelton Simmons’ RBI double.That was the best they could do, though. They failed with two attempts to push home the go-ahead run. Then José Álvarez gave up two two-out runs in the bottom of the seventh. The Angels loaded the bases in the eighth, but couldn’t score.“I don’t call it a comeback because we ended up losing,” Maldonado said. “At least we showed what kind of team we are, coming back against a team like that. We had guys who don’t give away at-bats. That was nice.”Manager Mike Scioscia said the hitters did show some spark, but they need to avoid the 6-0 hole in the first place.“We’ll keep battling,” he said, “but at some point obviously we need to put both ends together, get the pitching we need and get some early runs, get the game on our terms and start to do things the way we can.” Jewell was taken off the field on a stretcher, headed to a hospital while the Angels awaited further detail about the nature of his injury.“It was sad, really sad,” catcher Martín Maldonado said. “Young guy or an old guy, it’s hard to see a teammate go down like that.”The Angels, however, are getting used to disturbing news. A little more had come a few hours earlier, when they announced that Zack Cozart would have shoulder surgery, ending his season.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It is yet another problem to overcome as they try to erase what is now a nine-game deficit to the Seattle Mariners for the second AL wild-card spot.“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Andrew Heaney said. “I know everybody in here, they care. They (expletive) work hard. They come to the ballpark every single day prepared.center_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak PreviousBOSTON, MA – JUNE 27: Jake Jewell #65 of the Los Angeles Angels is carted off the field after he injured his right ankle when he slid into home plate in a failed attempt to tag out J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning of a game at Fenway Park on June 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)Boston’s Eduardo Nunez slides home with the go-ahead run past Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney delivers during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney walks off the mound as Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez rounds the bases on a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Red Sox’s Eduardo Nunez, right, is congratulated by Sandy Leon after his solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)A fan covers her face with a Boston Red Sox publication as others try to catch a home run hit by Red Sox’s Eduardo Nunez during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello delivers during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney delivers during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon, right, points upward as he crosses home plate on a two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. At left is Angels catcher Martin Maldonado. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton walks back to his position after the Boston Red Sox scored six runs on three home runs during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) is congratulated by Mike Trout, right, after his solo home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Red Sox’s Eduardo Nunez, left, tries unsuccessfully to outrun a tag by Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) on a ground out during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON, MA – JUNE 27: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels pirates in the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)BOSTON, MA – JUNE 27: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels returns to the dugout after he is taken out of the game in the fourth inning of a matchup against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello heads to the clubhouse after being taken out of the game after giving up a three-run home run to Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, right, celebrates with Andrelton Simmons, center, and Kole Calhoun after his three-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Angels’ Martin Maldonado (12) is congratulated after his three-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon follows through on an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena tosses his batting helmet after striking out to Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel with the bases loaded to end the top of the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel yells after striking out Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Valbuena with the bases loaded to end the top of the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Boston Red Sox’s Eduardo Nunez scores on a double by Rafael Devers during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)CORRECTS TO J.D. MARTINEZ, INSTEAD OF J.D. DREW – Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez is embraced by Brock Holt (12) after belting a three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON, MA – JUNE 27: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels turns a double play over the slide of Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a game at Fenway Park on June 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)BOSTON, MA – JUNE 27: Mookie Betts #50 of the Boston Red Sox misplays a ball off of the right outfield wall in the third inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park on June 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)BOSTON, MA – JUNE 27: Martin Maldonado #12 high fives Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels after hitting a three run home run in the sixth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)BOSTON, MA – JUNE 27: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox slides safely into home plate as Jake Jewell #65 of the Los Angeles Angels injures his right ankle as he slides into home plate in an attempt to tag out Martinez in the eighth inning of a game at Fenway Park on June 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez, left, scores on a wild pitch as Los Angeles Angels’ pitcher Jake Jewell (65) covers home during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Jewell injured his right ankle on the play. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jake Jewell rolls on the field after injuring his right ankle while covering home after a wild pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Jewell injured his right ankle on the play. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Los Angeles Angels’ pitcher Jake Jewell is taken off the field on a stretcher after injuring his right ankle while covering home during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON, MA – JUNE 27: Jake Jewell #65 of the Los Angeles Angels is carted off the field after he injured his right ankle when he slid into home plate in a failed attempt to tag out J.D. Martinez #28 of the Boston Red Sox in the eighth inning of a game at Fenway Park on June 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)Boston’s Eduardo Nunez slides home with the go-ahead run past Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 29Boston’s Eduardo Nunez slides home with the go-ahead run past Angels catcher Martin Maldonado during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game at Fenway Park. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)ExpandBOSTON — Depending on how you look at it, the Angels have exactly half a season remaining, or half a season gone.While the optimist might look at the former as a reason for hope, at this point it might seem difficult for many Angels fans to be anything but pessimistic considering all they have seen so far.The Angels’ 9-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night was their fifth in a row, dropping them to 41-40 at the season’s halfway point. The defeat came on a day that they lost one player for the season and watched another suffer a gruesome injury.Rookie right-hander Jake Jewell, pitching in just his third big league game, suffered what appeared to be a serious right ankle injury as he slid awkwardly trying to cover home plate in the eighth inning.last_img read more

Tiger Woods officially commits to WGC-Match Play as final Masters tuneup

first_imgTiger Woods’ schedule firmed up as expected Monday when the WGC-Match Play announced that he will play the event March 27-31.It marks the first time that Woods will play the round-robin format (as opposed the previous single-elimination format), and he has never played the Austin Country Club course where the event is contested now. The Players Championship: Rory McIlroy holds off Jim Furyk for victory Woods, who is coming off a T-30 at The Players Championship over the weekend, told reporters he has no qualms about the amount of golf he’s playing, given a recent neck problem as well as his well-documented return from multiple back surgeries.He’ll sit out this week’s Valspar Championship near Tampa and is eager to try and advance out of the round-robin next week in Austin.  Related News “I’m hoping that I can play all the matches,” Woods said Sunday at The Players. “That would be great, I’m guaranteed to play three instead of — when I played it was only one guaranteed, so that’s kind of nice knowing that I’ll be able to get at least three good rounds in, possibly more if I play well, and that’s basically like a tournament.”center_img The Players Championship: Tiger Woods ‘right on track’ despite disappointing week He then will skip the Texas Open (April 4-7) the week ahead of the Masters, the year’s first major.Following his final-round 69 Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, Woods said his preparation for Augusta is going as planned.“It’s right on track. I feel like I’m able to start — I’m able to shape the golf ball both ways, which I’m going to need there. Just need a few more putts to go in, but that’s about it.”last_img read more