Last night New York saw rock's biggest stars performing at a benefit concert for the victims of last month's terrorist attacks in the United States.
BBC News reports that David Bowie kicked off the concert with a tribute to New York firefighters. "It is an absolute privilege to play for you tonight," he told the audience. He then played Heroes to the audience of 46,000 including 6,000 firefighters, police officers, ambulance workers and their families.
Paul McCartney had written a song following the attacks entitled Freedom. The ex-Beatle, who organised the event, debuted the song last night. "This is one of the greatest nights for me, I want to thank you guys for everything you've done, on behalf of the British, on behalf of America, on behalf of the world."
Ananova reports that the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who spent five minutes quietening the "Rudy"-chanting crowd. "They have met the worst attack on America with the best of America," he told the crowd. Applause and cheers met firefighters and police officers as they told their stories. One local paper described the show as "better than woodstock but without the mud".
Other musicians at the event included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, Billy Joel and the Who. U2 sent a recorded message of support.
According to BBC News the show raised at least £9 million ($14 million). By the end of the show, firefighters and police officers were singing on stage with the stars.
It was the first time in five weeks that New York had really enjoyed itself.