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Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast Tonight

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Demonstrating some serious interdenominational unity, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The WB and UPN will join forces tonight for a primetime special entitled Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, to raise funds for those impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina.

The six broadcast networks will present this one-hour commercial-free simulcast from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET). The entertainment special/fundraising event will salute the citizens in the devastated areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and pay tribute to the rescue personnel guiding relief efforts in the region with musical performances by Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Randy Newman, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, U2, Kanye West and Neil Young and appearances by Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Aniston, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, Chris Rock, Ray Romano and Sela Ward.

Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast will be broadcast live from locations in New York City and Los Angeles to the Eastern and Central time zones, and tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

As part of an expanded daylong fundraising campaign on the networks, the phone lines opened at 1-866-4AIDNOW this morning at 7:00 a.m. ET and will remain open through the late-night shows and into Saturday morning, September 10.

Donations can also be made through the Red Cross and Salvation Army websites, which will continue to accept donations after the phone lines have closed.

Producer Joel Gallen said the telethon would be shown with a standard 30-second delay, but that no special precautions will be taken to edit political statements out of the broadcast.

“This will guard against any obscenities,” said Gallen, who said he had spoken to all those appearing about not detracting from the show’s fundraising purpose.

“I think people understand that politicizing this will certainly not be a smart thing to do as far as inspiring people to call in and rally around this cause,” he said.

In addition to hte networks, the show will also be available on these outlets:

Cable – ABC Family, Altitude Sports & Entertainment, AmericanLife TV Network, Black Family Channel, Bravo, CNBC, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, CourtTV, E!, Fox College Sports Pacific, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Reality, FSN Arizona, FSN Ohio, FSN South, FSN West, FUEL TV, FX, G4, GSN, Lifetime, LIME, MSNBC, Ovation, Oxygen, PAX, Showtime, SOAPNet, SPEED Channel, Style Network, TBS, The Tennis Channel, TRIO, TV Guide Channel, TV One, TVB Jade Channel, USA Network, WGN Cable

Radio – ABC Radio’s major market outlets, Infinity Radio stations

Internet – AOL.com, CBS.com, FOX.com, Real.com, Yahoo.com

International Territories – The special will be broadcast in over 140 countries including Africa, Australia, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Scandinavia, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, The Ukraine, The United Kingdom and virtually all of the rest of Asia, Latin America & the Middle East.

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  • Eric Olsen

    we would love to have reviews/reports/etc on this tonight, I might add

  • c’mon al….Mariah Carey!!!

  • Eric Olsen

    it’s a pretty eclectic high-end lineup, although they certainly could have included some Louisiana, or even Gulf Coast stars to get a slightly local flavor

  • Eric Olsen

    too bad Louie A isn’t available

  • Eric Olsen

    man, I’d love to see an all-star Dead New Orleans band – maybe for Halloween

  • I think it’s very good that all these networks are getting together to help the evacuees. There are similar efforts being done in local markets. Today, broadcasters in Illinois are raising money and have raised more than $5 million dollars as of this post.

    However, given all the talk about race and class in regards to the response to the disaster and the victims, it seems kind of sad that BET’s telethon S.O.S. (Saving Our Selves) The BET Relief Telethon airs tonight at 7:30 ET and will conflict with Shelter From The Storm. There is an article here that talks about that, as well as the comparative lack of coverage of that telethon.

  • Eric Olsen

    that does seem like odd planning, of lack thereof – did anyone watch the show? The Indians were on and we had to visit Wal-mart

  • I was struck by the fact that none of the performers were named. No crdit given, they just did their thing.

    Randy Newman opened with a solo performance of a song I’m sure he wrote for the event. Bono performed with someone I didn’t recognize, a lovely lady with a dynamite voice. The Foo Fighters did a credible version of “Born On A Bayou” but the main dudo forgot some of the lyrics.

    Then I phased it out as it went into Country and other stuff that didn’t suit my tastes.


  • Eric Olsen

    thanks Bennett, anyone else see it? I was sitting in the car with the kids in the parking lot listening to the Indians while Dawn ran in the store. She came out on the verge of tears as they were running the show on the store system, and she said they went for the jugular with shot after shot of kids and babies in peril and despair

  • It was very well done.

    Eric, Yahoo! has it. It’s right on their front page. Just click and watch.

  • Eric Olsen

    ah yes, the web connection – thanks Matt!

  • Sheryl Crowe song excellent. I was sorry that I missed Randy Newman singing “Louisiana 1927.” He didn’t write it for this event but I heard it on the news a few days ago and was amazed by it. In fact, FOX and CNN were both playing it to close their coverage of the hurricane at the same time.


  • El Bicho

    U2 sang with Mary J Blige

  • qrsarts

    does anyone know the name of the song that Neil Young sang during “Shelter from the Storm”?

  • Corinne

    I would love to purchase the DVD or a CD of this concert. (The sales of CDs or DVDs could be a fund raiser too.)

    Anyone know where I get one?

  • mike

    I emailed Joel Gallen’s production compnay and mentioned I would be first in line to purchase a DVD where the proceeds would go towards the victims!! *I second the dvd motion*

  • LB

    You can watch the concert over on CBS’s web site.

    I would like to buy a DVD of this show too. First class! Bravo !

  • Dan

    Neil Young sang “When God Made Me”

  • mike

    What is the name of the song that the Dixie Chicks sang?

  • Deb

    Would love a CD / DVD, as well. Would love the name of the Dixie Chicks song, as well.

  • Deb

    Would love a CD / DVD, as well. Would love the name of the Dixie Chicks song, as well.

  • AKelly

    Does anyone know the song U2 sang that contains “walk in the valley of shadow of death (?) during the concert; has a CD/DVD been produced yet?

  • Rozd

    For info on Shelter from the Storm DVD

    Shelter from the storm DVD will be available Nov 2005.