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Music stops for Springsteen on 9/11


WASHINGTON: As the second anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaches, major artists have decided not to schedule any concerts on the fateful day out of respect for the victims and survivors of the tragedy. Major touring acts such as Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Cher, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac and the Aerosmith-Kiss combo, have cancelled all events scheduled on that day. But honouring the victims and their families is not the only reason for musicians skipping the date. Industry observers fear that a massive concert can act as an attractive terrorist target. However, the concert industry is not shutting down entirely. R.E.M. is going ahead with a gig in Las Vegas. "Personally, being a Vietnam veteran, I think it's totally important to forge ahead and not succumb to the pressure of terrorists," Buck Williams, R.E.M.'s booking agent, said. (Picture shows Springsteen, left, at a performance with other members of his E-Street band)

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