Global Cause: Superstorm Sandy Relief Concert 12-12-12

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Superstorm Sandy Relief Concert: 12-12-12

Music and comedy royalty struck a defiant tone in a benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy victims on Wednesday, asking for help to rebuild a New York metropolitan area most of them know well.

The sold-out Madison Square Garden show was televised, streamed online and aired on radio all over the world. 

Devastated residents of hardest-hit areas like Staten Island and Far Rockaway were shown sitting on piles of rubble with tears running down their faces as the realization they lost everything hit home.

One woman cried: ‘I just want to go home, but it’s not there any more.’

But promises of ‘We Will Rebuild’ dominated the night as scores of music legends performed in front of tens of thousands of people with all proceeds going to help the victims.

An estimated $35million was raised in ticket sales alone.

While top artists performed on stage, actors and comedians such as James Gandolfini, Jimmy Fallon and Jack McBrayer manned phone banks where they accepted donations from viewers.

Through television, live streams, the radio and theater simulcasts, an estimated two billion people around the world were given the chance to experience the concert live.

Kicking things off: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band were the first to take the stageKicking things off: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band were the first to take the stage

‘When are you going to learn?’ comic and New Jersey native Jon Stewart asked. ‘You can throw anything at us – terrorists, hurricanes. You can take away our giant sodas. It doesn’t matter. We’re coming back stronger every time.’

Jersey shore hero Bruce Springsteen set a roaring tone, opening the concert with Land of Hope and Dreams and Wrecking Ball. He addressed the rebuilding process in introducing his song ‘My City of Ruins,’ noting it was written about the decline of Asbury Park, New Jersey before that city’s renaissance over the past decade.

‘What made the Jersey shore special was its inclusiveness, a place where people of all incomes and backgrounds could find a place, he said. I pray that that characteristic remains along the Jersey shore because that’s what makes it special,’ Springsteen said.

He mixed a verse of Tom Waits’ Jersey Girl into the song before calling New Jersey neighbor Jon Bon Jovi to join him in a rousing Born to Run. Springsteen later returned the favor by joining Bon Jovi on Who Says You Can’t Go Home.

 Impassioned: Alicia Keys took the stage for a heartfelt performanceImpassioned: Alicia Keys took the stage for a heartfelt performanceMoving: Keys, from New York, performed a medley of her hitsMoving: Keys, from New York, performed a medley of her hitsGoing solo: Kanye took over the stage armed with his lyrics and a micGoing solo: Kanye took over the stage armed with his lyrics and a micMaking a statement: Kanye West defied fashion critics, wearing a leather skirt over his pantsMaking a statement: Kanye West defied fashion critics, wearing a leather skirt over his pantsGoing solo: Kanye took over the stage armed with his lyrics and a micGoing solo: Kanye took over the stage armed with his lyrics and a micAdam Sandler hearkened back to his Saturday Night Live days with a ribald rewrite of the oft-sung Hallelujah that composer Leonard Cohen never would have dreamed. The rewritten chorus says, ‘Sandy, screw ya, we’ll get through ya, because we’re New Yawkers.’

Sandler wore a New York Jets T-shirt and mined Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg, the New York Knicks, Times Square porn and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for laugh lines.

The music lineup was heavily weighted toward classic rock, which has the type of fans able to afford a show for which ticket prices ranged from $150 to $2,500. Even with those prices, people with tickets have been offering them for more on broker sites such as StubHub, an attempt at profiteering that producers fumed was ‘despicable.’

Tribute: Springsteen talked about his native New Jersey
Tribute: Springsteen talked about his native New JerseyOld school: Jon Bon Jovi came out for a set with the rockerOld school: Jon Bon Jovi came out for a set with the rocker
Hands up! Jon Bon Jovi got the crowd going while Springsteen jammed out on guitarHands up! Jon Bon Jovi got the crowd going while Springsteen jammed out on guitarOld school: Jon Bon Jovi came out for a set with the rockerOld school: Jon Bon Jovi came out for a set with the rocker
‘This has got to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden,’ Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger said. ‘If it rains in London, you’ve got to come and help us.’

In fighting trim for a series of 50th anniversary concerts in the New York area, the Stones ripped through You’ve Got Me Rockin’ and Jumping Jack Flash. Jagger wasn’t in New York City for Sandy, but he said in an interview before the concert that his apartment was flooded with 2 feet of water.

Eric Clapton switched from acoustic to electric guitar and sang Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out and Crossroads. New York was a backdrop for Clapton’s personal tragedy, when his young son died after falling out of a window.

Hands up! Jon Bon Jovi got the crowd going while Springsteen jammed out on guitarHands up! Jon Bon Jovi got the crowd going while Springsteen jammed out on guitarClassic: Roger Waters played a set of Pink Floyd’s spacey rockClassic: Roger Waters played a set of Pink Floyd's spacey rockAdding some flair: Waters performs with a masked dancerAdding some flair: Waters performs with a masked dancer He’s got the moves: Mick proved he’s in great shape for 69He's got the moves: Mick proved he's in great shape for 69Satisfaction: Mick Jagger gave an energetic performance with The Rolling StonesSatisfaction: Mick Jagger gave an energetic performance with The Rolling StonesRock n roll man: Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones throws his hands in the air as he sings to Madison Square GardenRock n roll man: Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones throws his hands in the air as he sings to Madison Square Garden Satisfaction: Mick Jagger gave an energetic performance with The Rolling StonesSatisfaction: Mick Jagger gave an energetic performance with The Rolling StonesRoger Waters played a set of Pink Floyd’s spacey rock, joined by Eddie Vedder for Comfortably Numb. Waters stuck to the music and left the fundraising to others.

‘Can’t chat,’ he said, ‘because we only have 30 minutes.’

The sold-out 12-12-12 concert was being shown on 37 television stations in the United States and more than 200 others worldwide. It was to be streamed on 30 websites, including YouTube and Yahoo, and played on radio stations. Theaters, including 27 in the New York region and dozens more elsewhere, were showing it live.

Proceeds from the show will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation. More than $30 million was raised through ticket sales alone.

Adam Sandler grabbed the mic after Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder for a revamped rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Feeling it: Adam Sandler also performed at the benefit concertFeeling it: Adam Sandler also performed at the benefit concertChoice words: Sandler’s lyrics flashed up on screen Choice words: Sandler's lyrics flashed up on screenOther concert performers were to include Long Islander Billy Joel (New York State of Mind) and New Yorker Alicia Keys (Empire State of Mind). Even Liverpool’s Paul McCartney has a New York office, Hamptons home and a wife, Nancy Shevell, who spent a decade on the board of the agency that runs New York’s public transit system.

E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt said backstage that musicians are often quick to help when they can.

‘Yes, it’s more personal because literally the Jersey shore is where we grew up,’ he said. ‘But we’d be here anyway.’

Rocking out: Eric Clapton switched from acoustic to electric guitar and sang Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out and CrossroadsRocking out: Eric Clapton switched from acoustic to electric guitar and sang Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out and CrossroadsHe’s come undone: Roger Daltrey unbuttoned his shirt during the showHe's come undone: Roger Daltrey unbuttoned his shirt during the showGoing grunge: McCartney kicked off with Helter SkelterGoing grunge: McCartney kicked off with Helter SkelterTaking a bow: McCartney joined other performers on stage as Alicia Keys closed the show with Empire State of MindTaking a bow: McCartney joined other performers on stage as Alicia Keys closed the show with Empire State of MindNew York’s bravest: McCartney was joined on stage with local firefightersNew York's bravest: McCartney was joined on stage with local firefighters Closing the show: Many of the artists told personal stories of friends or family affected by the storm as they spoke to the crowdClosing the show: Many of the artists told personal stories of friends or family affected by the storm as they spoke to the crowdBorn and bred: Joel performed his signature New York State of MindBorn and bred: Joel performed his signature New York State of Mind Having a moment: Jon Bon Jovi puckers up to Sir Paul McCartney backstageHaving a moment: Jon Bon Jovi puckers up to Sir Paul McCartney backstageThe concert came a day after the death of sitar master Ravi Shankar, a performer at the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh considered the grandfather of music benefits. That concert also was in Madison Square Garden.

Star power: Actress Kristen Stewart urges viewers to donateStar power: Actress Kristen Stewart urges viewers to donateShe’s back: Kristen looked tired after flying from LA for the concertShe's back: Kristen looked tired after flying from LA for the concert One for the kids: Billy Crystal introduced Kristen as the gal to get younger viewers on boardOne for the kids: Billy Crystal introduced Kristen as the gal to get younger viewers on board Speaking out: Sean Diddy Combs and actress Olivia Wilde urge viewers to help make a differenceSpeaking out: Sean Diddy Combs and actress Olivia Wilde urge viewers to help make a differenceTaking the mic: Jimmy Fallon earned some laughs in between actsTaking the mic: Jimmy Fallon earned some laughs in between actsAnother star supporter: Jake Gyllenhaal also issued a pleaAnother star supporter: Jake Gyllenhaal also issued a pleaAcoustic: Chris Martin sang Coldplay’s Viva La VidaAcoustic: Chris Martin sang Coldplay's Viva La VidaConcert performers Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi are native sons of New Jersey, where boardwalks and beach homes were ripped apart. Long Islander Billy Joel (New York State of Mind) and New Yorker Alicia Keys (Empire State of Mind) have signature songs about the city.

Even Liverpool’s Paul McCartney has a New York office, Hamptons home and a wife, Nancy Shevell, who spent a decade on the board of the agency that runs New York’s public transit system.

Plea: Blake Lively recounted stories from displaced Americans whose homes were swept away by the stormPlea: Blake Lively recounted stories from displaced Americans whose homes were swept away by the stormVictims: Sandy ‘s blamed for at least 140 deaths, including 104 in New York and New Jersey, and it destroyed or damaged 305,000 housing units in New York aloneVictims: Sandy 's blamed for at least 140 deaths, including 104 in New York and New Jersey, and it destroyed or damaged 305,000 housing units in New York aloneThere’s hope: Proceeds from the show will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation. More than $30million was raised through ticket sales aloneThere's hope: Proceeds from the show will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation. More than $30million was raised through ticket sales aloneTaking the stage: Jason Sudeikis and Katie Holmes also had a moment in the spotlightTaking the stage: Jason Sudeikis and Katie Holmes also had a moment in the spotlightBackstage: Susan Sarandon took questions in the press roomBackstage: Susan Sarandon took questions in the press roomBehind the curtain: David Saltzman, James Dolan, John Sykes and Harvey Weinstein discuss putting on the show at a press conference before the acts took the stage on WednesdayBehind the curtain: David Saltzman, James Dolan, John Sykes and Harvey Weinstein discuss putting on the show at a press conference before the acts took the stage on WednesdayThe Who weaved Sandy into their set, showing pictures of storm devastation on video screens during Pinball Wizard. Pete Townshend made a quick revision to the lyrics of Baba O’Riley, changing ‘teenage wasteland’ to ‘Sandy wasteland’.

New York native Alicia Keys asked the audience to hold their cell phones high for her song, No One, triggering a sea of light that is the modern version of an earlier generation’s holding cigarette lighters in the air.

‘We love you,’ Keys said, ‘and we’ll make it through this.’

She didn’t perform Empire State of Mind, however, leaving untouched this century’s most indelible song about her hometown.

Set-up: 12-12-12 will be available to all 114 million television households in the US and to more than 400 million television households outside the countrySet-up: 12-12-12 will be available to all 114 million television households in the US and to more than 400 million television households outside the countryFor a good cause: Every single penny from ticket purchases and donations will go to organizations serving the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Robin Hood Relief FundFor a good cause: Every single penny from ticket purchases and donations will go to organizations serving the victims of Hurricane Sandy through the Robin Hood Relief FundIt’s was a lineup heavily weighted toward classic rock, which has the type of fans able to afford a show where ticket prices ranged from $150 to $2,500.

Even with those prices, people with tickets have been offering them for more on broker sites like StubHub, an attempt at profiteering that producers fumed was ‘despicable.’

Celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Sean Combs, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brian Williams were also on hand to tell stories about the storm and take pledges for donations. 

Super sexy: Katie Holmes ramped up the glamour quotient at the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief concert on Wednesday nightSuper sexy: Katie Holmes ramped up the glamour quotient at the 12-12-12 Sandy Relief concert on Wednesday night Stunning: Katie is starring in Dead Accounts on Broadway at the moment and has fallen in love with New YorkStunning: Katie is starring in Dead Accounts on Broadway at the moment and has fallen in love with New York Blue Velvet: Katie’s materials and color were unusual for herBlue Velvet: Katie's materials and colour were unusual for her Leading the light: Susan Sarandon lead the red carpet helpers at the 12-12-12 concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy at Madison Square GardenLeading the light: Susan Sarandon lead the red carpet helpers at the 12-12-12 concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy at Madison Square Garden The odd couple: New friendships like Olivia and Sean’s bond seemed to be forgedThe odd couple: New Yorkers Olivia Wilde and Sean 'Diddy' Combs came together thanks to love for their home city Jersey Strong: Susan epitomes the strength and spirit of the Jersey nativesJersey Strong: Susan epitomes the strength and spirit of the Jersey natives Bad boy does good: Diddy was on great form for this special occasionBad boy does good: Diddy was on great form for this special occasion Big moment: Jimmy Fallon, also a local boy, got to introduce the Rolling Stones and was honoured to be there with wife NancyBig moment: Jimmy Fallon, also a local boy, got to introduce the Rolling Stones and was honoured to be there with wife Nancy Press room antics: Maria Milito and Hell’s Kitchen born Alicia Keys chat backstage as the concert rolls onPress room antics: Maria Milito and Alicia Keys chat backstage as the concert rolls on Local hero: Keys delivered one of the most heartfelt performances of the nightLocal hero: Keys delivered one of the most heartfelt performances of the night

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7 thoughts on “Global Cause: Superstorm Sandy Relief Concert 12-12-12

  1. So glad we’re not forgetting how badly we were all affected by the storm. My hope is that those affected actually get the help they need from all the money donated. We all know how things are done sometimes.

    • Yes girl, remember YELE. Haiti is still suffering because they didn’t receive the funds donated. This makes me second-guess donating ‘cos you never know.

    • $30 million was raised from ticket sales alone. We probably won’t have an exact figure for another couple of days

  2. Remembering all the people who lost loved ones, whose homes were damaged and who suffered during the storm. I hope they all received the help they needed.

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