The star is joined by the likes of ,strong>John Mellencamp and The Doobie Brothers as events take on a nationalistic tone...

NEIL YOUNG, WILLIE NELSON and JOHN MELLENCAMP were amongst the artists to play in front of 24,000 fans at NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA yesterday (September 30) at the annual FARM AID fundraiser.

However, the renamed ‘Farm Aid 2001: A Concert For America’, took on a more nationalistic tone in the aftermath of the terrorist strikes on New York and Washington, with many fans chanting ‘USA’ between tracks and waving stars and stripes. At one point in the show Arlo Guthrie took to the stage to sing a cover of his father Woody’s ‘This Land Is Your Land’.

“It’s hard to focus on it this time because of so many other things that have happened that are tragic,” Young said during his set, “but we’ve been fighting this battle for a long time.” He took to the stage wearing a FDNY hat, a mark of solidarity with rescue efforts in New York. Performing with longtime collaborators Crazy Horse, he ran through classic tracks including ‘Don’t Cry No Tears’, ‘Love And Only Love’ and ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’, reports MTV.

Also appearing yesterday were established US Dave Matthews and Martina McBride and veterans The Doobie Brothers.

Farm Aid was established in September 1985.