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Bruce, Alicia Do TV Special

America: A Tribute to Heroes simulcast to benefit terrorist victims

September 19, 2001 12:00 AM ET

Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow and Paul Simon are among the artists participating in America: A Tribute to Heroes, a two-hour, commercial-free TV special to be broadcast live Friday night at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on the four major networks: ABC, CBC, NBC and Fox. All proceeds from the simulcast will benefit those most affected by last week's terrorist attacks.

In addition to live music, America: A Tribute to Heroes will feature words of inspiration from such Hollywood icons as George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz and Robin Williams. Other musicians taking part in the event include Neil Young, the Dixie Chicks, Billy Joel, Faith Hill, Tom Petty and Will Smith.

The show will be broadcast live in the Eastern and Central time zones and run on tape delay in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. It will also be streamed on various Web sites. See abc.com, cbs.com, fox.com, nbci.com, aol.com or yahoo.com for further information.

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