TRAVIS turned their sold-out show in NEW YORK into a benefit concert last night (October 3) – announcing they will donate all proceeds to local firefighters and other servicemen.
The group, who were performing the second date on a month-long US tour, performed at the Radio City Music Hall, the first time the group have performed in the city since the terrorist strikes of September 11.
Before an encore of ‘Happy’, singer Fran Healy announced the band’s donation to the 6,000 strong crowd, which received a long, emotional ovation.
He said: “There was talk about us not coming and doing the tour, but it was only talk about whether you’d want to come out. You’ve done yourself proud by coming out, I mean it. It’s amazing. Thank you. I’d like to dedicate this song to everyone in New York.”
For more on Travis in the US, see the forthcoming issue of NME, which is published in the UK on October 10.
Following their visit to the US, Travis perform an arena tour of the UK, which calls at: Nottingham Arena (February 25)
Plymouth Pavilions (26)
Birmingham NIA (March 1)
Sheffield Arena (4)
Newcastle Arena (5)
Aberdeen Exhibition Centre (7)
Glasgow SECC (8-9)
Cardiff Arena (11)
London Wembley Arena (12)
Manchester MEN Arena (15)
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