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Listen Up!: Musicians rethink music after attacks

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Sep 28, 2001 | 10:45am EDT

Musicians strike back

As Americans try to get their life back together after the tragic Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, musicians also are re-working their music, performing tribute concerts, and donating money to help aid relief efforts.

John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, published a full-page add in The New York Times on Sunday with the simple message: "Imagine all the people living life in peace," in the wake of the attacks.

The eight-word quotation from Lennon's "Imagine" was unaccompanied by any photos or text because Ono felt "it would be more effective if her name wasn't on it," her spokesman told The Associated Press.

Ono also plans to feature a billboard in Times Square with the lyric "Give peace a chance."

Celine Dion will headline a five-hour show Friday in Montreal with about 200 Quebec artists, including members of the famed Cirque du Soleil, Reuters reports. Proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross to help families of the nearly 7,000 people killed or missing in the attacks.

Former Beatle Paul McCartney, will perform a concert in New York City to benefit the city's firefighters in the next month.

"I also have a connection here, because my father was a fireman in Liverpool during World War II," McCartney told New York's WPLJ radio station on Sept. 21. According to Rolling Stone magazine, McCartney is currently looking into New York City venues to host the event.

Members of The Dave Matthews Band have changed their mind about releasing "When the World Ends" as the band's next radio single, feeling it would be insensitive given people's fears after the hijackings, the band's publicist told SonicNet.com on Tuesday. Instead, the group will ask programmers to play the title track for their latest album, Everyday.

Alanis Morissette has released "Utopia," a song that the Canadian singer describes as it being "shared in the spirit of wanting to offer comfort to everyone who is grieving, with my experiencing my own grief alongside them," she writes in an online post on her official Web site. According to Launch.com, the song can currently be heard on her official site.

Creed's With Arms Wide Open Foundation, which works to foster strong relationships between children and their parents, has donated $50,000 to New Yorkers for Children (NYFC), a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS).

"Everyone at the Foundation is just shocked and saddened, not only by the events of last week, but by what they mean for far too many children," lead singer Scott Stapp told Rolling Stone magazine on Friday.

The Cure has removed the song "Killing An Arab," from their Nov. 13 Greatest Hits collection release for fear of creating conflict after the attacks on America early this month. Considered one of The Cure's early classics, and a concert staple, "Killing An Arab" was originally featured on 1980's Boys Don't Cry album and featured on the 1986's compilation Staring At The Sea: The Singles. The Cure's lead singer Robert Smith told Launch.com on Tuesday that the song drew the attention of many and "in America there was a ferocious lobby for us to withdraw the album from the shelves or take the song off."

Timberlake & Spears robbed

Teen pop's most envied couple, Britney Spears and 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake, were on vacation with friends and family in Destin, Fla., when four teen-age boys broke into their rented beach house and stole personal possessions, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Local police arrested the four minors after neighbors saw them fleeing the scene with the goods, which were later returned to the couple. Among the items stolen were $5,000 worth of video camera equipment, liquor bottle, clothes, and videotape showing "personal" moments that police found while one of the teens dubbed a copy. Well, then, maybe Britney isn't the goody two shoes she claims to be?

Ramones, Sex Pistols nominated for Hall of Fame

The punk rockers The Ramones and The ex Pistols are among the artists nominated for admission into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 2002 class. According to Rolling Stone magazine, a list for the list for this year's nominees, which includes Black Sabbath, Talking Heads, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, was released on Monday. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the legendary performers, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others who have made presence in rock and roll for a decade and a half in their career. The winners will be announced later this fall.

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