David Bowie performs at the Concert for New York City

David Bowie sings 'America' and '"Heroes"' at the Madison Square Garden concert

On 20 October 2001 David Bowie opened the epic benefit concert for the World Trade Centre tragedy at Madison Square Garden with Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘America‘.

“I was looking for something which really evoked feelings of bewilderment and uncertainty,” Bowie later explained, “because for me that’s how that period really felt. And I really thought that Paul Simon’s song in this new context really captured that.”

Bowie’s performance of ‘”Heroes“‘ understandably earned one of the strongest ovations on the night – with numerous NYPD and NYFD in attendance, the song’s lyrics made it an obvious choice.

In 2002 Bowie reprised ‘America’, this time at a charity auction on behalf of the Robin Hood Foundation.