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September 14, 2009

Jay-Z 9/11 benefit show in Madison Square Garden

The Jay-Z concert was amazing. It kicked off the with the Color Guard, the pledge of allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner. I have never been to a concert that featured the pledge, much less a rap show. It was pretty impressive.

Color guard at Jay-Z concert

There was commemoration of the 9/11 dead. Jay-Z said “we’re here to celebrate life tonight, to celebrate strength tonight”, and that NY is stronger than ever. It was really nice:
9/11 Memorial, Jay-Z concert

I even didn’t mind so much when he asked for a moment of silence and to put the peace sign in the air:
Jay-Z

Jay said “8 yrs ago, terrorist took down our towers, they believed that it would weaken us, they were sadly mistaken” and that we run this town, no one else. And then he played his song “Run this town” and the crowd went berserk.

Lots of guest-stars including John Mayer, Rhianna, that idiot Kanye (who did perform two of my favorite songs “Can’t tell me nothing” and “Good life” but can never be forgiven for what he did to Taylor Swift last night), Mary J. Blige, Pharrell and P.Diddy. Oh and of course Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce who, surprisingly, only performed for about 30 seconds. I couldn’t get a good shot of her, that girl MOVES.
Beyonce and dancers

And no hip-hop show is complete without lots of mentions of the best borough:
BROOKLYN!

Anyway, a fantastic show, an impressive performance by Jay-Z, and all around a great way to commemorate 9/11 8-years later. We remember you.

Posted by Karol at 11:57 AM |
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Jay = American hero.

Posted by: funkypundit at September 14, 2009 at 1:07 pm

I would have loved it if Taylor Swift had given Kanye a fat lip on that stage.

Posted by: bryan at September 14, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Excellent blog. Pity you haven’t kept the Right Events blog up. There is a need for that resource.

Posted by: Lifeofthemind at September 15, 2009 at 8:23 am

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