BEASTIES GIG A SURE SHOT!

The likes of Bono, Moby and Mos Def help raise substantial funds for victims of the recent terrorist atrocities...

The BEASTIE BOYS‘ recent NEW YORKERS AGAINST VIOLENCE benefit concerts are reported to have raised more than $125,000.

The rap collective headlined and organised two nights at the New York Hammerstein Ballroom (October 28-29), in an effort to raise funds for the victims of terrorist strikes on the World Trade Center.

In addition to the Beasties, artists appearing on the bill included Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mos Def, The Roots and a DJ appearance from Afrika Bambaataa.

On the second night, Moby, Bono and Michael Stipe teamed up at the event to make a short, surprise appearance, Moby sitting down with an acoustic guitar to accompany the REM frontman for a moving cover of the Velvet Underground‘s ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’.

The duo followed up the song with a rendition of Neil Young‘s ‘Helpless’, only to have near-hysteria descend on the venue as Bono, also unannounced, strode out from backstage halfway into the number, bearing a makeshift sign echoing the song’s title.

Proceeds from both shows will go to disaster relief funds established by the New York Association for New Americans (NYANA) and the New York Women’s Foundation (NYWF) in the wake of the September 11 attacks.