With a nation stunned from 9/11, George Clooney worked with the heads of all four TV networks to reach out to musical artists and celebrities to put on a benefit to help victims and families of the 9/11 attacks.
Ten days later, "America: A Tribute To Heroes" was broadcast on all four major TV networks and all of the cable networks. On a dark stage illuminated by hundreds of candles, twenty-one artists including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2 and Billy Joel, performed songs, while actors and other celebrities delivered short spoken messages.
Artists like Neil Young and Eddie Vedder not only performed, but also worked the phone banks, helping to raise over $200 million, which was given to the United Way's September 11 Telethon Fund.
Bruce Springsteen opened the telecast with a somber version of "My City of Ruins"...