Soon, as it turns out. Organizers are working to put together both a CD and DVD version of the two-hour fund-raiser, America: A Tribute to Heroes.
The benefit, which raised more than $150 million for the United Way's September 11 Fund, featured a slew of memorable performances, from Bruce Springsteen's "My City of Ruins" to Neil Young's "Imagine" to, yes, Celine Dion's "God Bless America." While several media outlets reported that the CD would be ready in a matter of weeks, telethon spokeswoman Barbara Brogliatti said Wednesday there's still plenty of legwork to be done--such as securing rights to all of the performances.
"To do anything else, we have to go back to the artists," Brogliatti says. "Everyone's working very feverishly."
The New York Daily News reported this week that the artists have agreed to waive their royalty fees for the album, which would be distributed by Interscope Records with proceeds going to the September 11 Fund.
Brogliatti couldn't confirm any specifics Wednesday. But unlike the logistical nightmares usually associated with Hollywood egos, Brogliatti says everyone has been helpful and willing to pitch in on the project.
"I don't think there's been anything with this that hasn't been easy [to accomplish]," she says. "But there's just a lot of artists. It's time consuming."
Performers Friday night also included Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, the Dixie Chicks, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, U2, Sting, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Wyclef Jean, Billy Joel, Limp Bizkit, Enrique Iglesias and Willie Nelson.
In the meantime, music fans are already trading MP3 files of performances from Friday's benefit. Though Napster is now a neutered shell of its former self, hardcore MP3 geeks have been searching a host of other sites to find previously unrecorded versions of Joel's "New York State of Mind" and Limp Bizkit's "Wish You Were Here," among others.
A Tribute to Heroes, which was broadcast across nearly three dozen networks and 8,000 radio stations, drew in 59.3 million viewers Friday night. Donations are still being accepted online at www.tributetoheroes.org.