The show, which will raise money for the Democratic
National Committee's campaign to elect Gore, is being put together
by Miramax co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, VH1 president John Sykes
and Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann S. Wenner. At press
time, Republican candidate George W. Bush had no concert fund-raiser
planned. "I would think that people who are music fans would have
to ask themselves why these people whose work and ideas they admire
are all backing this man," says Wenner. "This is an endorsement
by artists who clearly stand for certain social and political value
JENNY ELISCU (August 15, 2000)
Al Gore's Rock & Roll Fund-Raiser Kravitz, Crow, Henley and more
to play concert for Gore
"We've become the people our parents warned us about!"
That quip by veteran singer Jimmy Buffet underscored the zeitgeist
at Thursday night's major Democratic fundraiser at New York's Radio
City Music Hall. Vice President Al Gore and running-mate Joe Lieberman,
with respective spouses and Hillary Clinton for good (and local)
measure were the front-row guests of honor through a three-hour
concert which raised a very impressive $6.5 million for the DNC.
The evening started with a lengthy introduction by
the three entertainment industry moguls who conceived and produced
the event. Michael Douglas brought on what he called the "Three
Divas" - VH1 chief John Sykes, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner
and main instigator Harvey Weinstein - co-chairman of Miramax Films.
The trio each spoke of their passionate commitment to the Democratic
cause - before Weinstein brought on the Gores and Liebermans to
start the evening.
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Gore
by Martin Lewis (First published September 15, 2000)
The event was billed as "The Concert" and was organized
by Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein, Rolling Stone publisher
Jann Wenner and VH1 president John Sykes. At the show, a whole bunch
of celebrities -- microphones on -- ripped Bush apart, and in the
process raised $6.5 million for Democratic contender Al Gore and
the Democratic National Committee.
Stars scorch George W. At a Gore
concert fundraiser, Hollywood strikes back -- and gets nasty.
Tonight, Lieberman will join Gore in an unprecedented
star-studded fund raiser at Radio City Music Hall in New York scheduled
to include as hosts liberal actors Ben Affleck, Julia Roberts, John
Cusack and Matt Damon – all of whom have starred in violent R-rated
movies – as well as liberal performers Bette Midler, Jon Bon Jovi,
Richie Sambora, Jimmy Buffett, Don Henley, Macy Gray, Lenny Kravitz
and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The hosts are Miramax Chairman Harvey Weinstein, Rolling
Stone Editor and Publisher Jann Wenner and VH1 President
John Sykes, according to Center for Responsive Politics.
On Monday, Gore raised more than $1 million at a star-studded
fund raiser in Camden, N.J., hosted by comedian David Brenner that
included performances by Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton and Cher.
Focus on Hollywood Sleaze Ill-Timed
for Gore UPI
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000
Wall-to-wall celebrities at the Democratic National
Committee fund-raiser at Radio City Music Hall included Matt Damon,
Salma Hayek, Julia Roberts, Michael Douglas, and Harrison Ford,
who helped raise $6.5 million for the Democratic cause. Maybe it
was her legal activist role in Erin Brockovich, but Roberts confessed,
“I’m a Democrat, [but] I’ve never done anything political before”
Performers included Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, and Jon Bon Jovi
— who harmonized on The Beatles’ “Revolution” — and Bette “Bathhouse”Midler.
The hosts of the event were Miramax’s Harvey Weinstein, VH1’s John
Sykes, and Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner. Introducing Lieberman,
Weinstein acknowledged that the vice-presidential candidate “isn’t
making my job any easier”but called him “a strong but fair critic
of the entertainment industry.” He added, “I’m proud that we were
the first to respond this week,”referring to the Sept. 12 statement
by Miramax’s parent, the Walt Disney Co., which spelled out “responsible
marketing practices”that the company would undertake in order to
answer specific criticisms of a recent Federal Trade Commission
report. (Mr. Showbiz is also owned by the Walt Disney Co.)
Stars Turn Out for Gore Fund-Raiser
Holllywood Turns Out For Gore Fund-Raiser Sept. 15
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