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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Two columns of light symbolize the fallen World Trade Center towers in a tribute in light as seen from New Jersey September 11, 2003 in New York City. The light tribute that debuted last year returned to mark the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the music world came together to help raise funds for those affected with two concerts:  America: A Tribute To Heroes, which aired on Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS on September 21, 2001 and The Concert For New York City, which aired live on VH1 on October 20, 2001 from Madison Square Garden. 

These shows provided some of the most moving performances in rock history and helped lift a mourning nation still grieving from such an incredible loss.  Here are five of our favorite performances.

Billy Joel – New York State of Mind – America: A Tribute to Heroes

Billy Joel - New York State of Mind (from "America: A Tribute to Heroes")

From the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon, which aired live on 35 broadcast and cable networks on Friday, September 21, 2001. The original version of this song can be found on Joel's 1976 album, "Turnstiles."

 

Bruce Springsteen – “My City of Ruins” – America: A Tribute to Heroes

Bruce Springsteen - My City of Ruins (WTC Benefit)

Bruce sings this wonderful song for all the people died that 09/11. thank you Bruce

 

Neil Young – “Imagine” – America: A Tribute to Heroes

Neil Young - Imagine (from "America: A Tribute to Heroes")

From the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon, which aired live on 35 broadcast and cable networks on Friday, September 21, 2001. The original version of this song can be found on John Lennon's 1971 album, "Imagine."

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “I Won’t Back Down” – America: A Tribute to Heroes

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down (from "America" A Tribute to Heroes")

From the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon, which aired live on 35 broadcast and cable networks on Friday, September 21, 2001. The original version of this song can be found on Petty's 1989 solo album, 'Full Moon Fever." One of Howie Epstein's final appearances with the band.

 

The Who – “Who Are You” – The Concert For New York City

The Concert For New York City (Trailer)

Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, The Concert For New York City showcased Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, David Bowie, The Who and many more performing to honor the victims and workers in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.