Jay-Z plans Sept. 11 benefit concert

Rapper will give proceeds to NYC firefighters funds

NEW YORK -- Rapper Jay-Z formally unveiled plans Monday for a charity concert called "Answer the Call" to take place at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 11. All tickets will be priced at $50, with 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and concert merchandise going to New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.

"This all came about September 10, 2001. I was in Los Angeles shooting a video. The album was to come out the next day. On that day, I got a phone call and a friend of mine said, 'turn the TV on.' I turned the TV o,n and I saw the World Trade Center on fire," Jay-Z said before a room full of media at MSG.

"I turned the TV on Sept. 12, and I saw footage of these heroic actions, people running to buildings and saving each other and I saw the strength of New York," Jay-Z continued. "It made me proud. So, as I was embarking on putting out 'Blueprint 3,' it was only right that we revisit that day. This is my chance to do something to help out."

Jay-Z's 11th studio album, "Blueprint 3," will be released the same day as the concert. The show will be televised live on Fuse TV, one of the sponsors of the event.

In attendance at the formal announcement today was Governor David Patterson, Manhattan Borough president Scott Stringer; Stephen Dannhauser, president and CEO of the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund; NYC Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta; MSG Entertainment president Jay Marciano; Mike Bair, president of MSG Media; Jay-Z's wife, singer Beyonce; and Warner Music Group's executive VP Kevin Liles.

Additional information can be found at the Answer the Call Web site.