July 22, 2011

9/11 HBO tribute show

Thanks for the heads up, Katja!

From thedaily.com:

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in secret negotiations with HBO to produce a historic Bon Jovi concert in Central Park the night before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Sources say John Sykes — the former head of VH1 who produced the 1999 charity event “Eric Clapton & Friends in Concert” — is spearheading the effort to organize the star-studded show.

It is believed HBO would pay to produce the multimillion-dollar event, as well as for security and cleanup, in return for the rights to cable-cast performances by Bon Jovi, John Legend and a dozen other top acts.

However, a rep for the cable network denied the behind-the-scenes wrangling last night.

The Central Park tribute to the fallen would be a prelude to the ceremonies the following day at Ground Zero, where the families of the nearly 3,000 victims will hear the names of their loved ones read out loud.

On Sept. 11, exactly 10 years after two jetliners were crashed into the Twin Towers, the 9/11 memorial — two waterfalls in the footprints of the destroyed skyscrapers — will officially open.

Don Mischer, the veteran producer of Oscar and Emmy award shows and previous 9/11 memorials, is lining up such talent as classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma for the audience at Ground Zero.

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