12-12-12 Concert For Sandy Relief Highlights
The epic 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief benefiting the victims of superstorm Sandy was a huge success. It brought in ticket sales of more than $30 million and will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation. Millions more are suspected to be donated from people who watched the relief at home or the many various websites that the concert was streamed on. The concert brought in talented musical performers such as Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.
• Jon Bon Jovi joined Springsteen and the band on “Born to Run”
• Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters, belted out “In the Flesh,” “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” and “Money.”
• Eddie Vedder helped Waters close out his set with “Comfortably Numb.”
• Adam Sandler, accompanied by Paul Schaffer on piano, updated Leonard Cohen‘s classic “Hallelujah” with the lyrics “Sandy, screw ya, we’ll get through ya, because we’re New Yawkers…”
• L.A. native Kristen Stewart delighted the crowd by talking about New Jersey and provided a nice intro for Bon Jovi’s solo set, which included “Wanted (Dead or Alive)”. Springsteen also returned the favor, coming out for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”
• “When are they going to learn, you can throw anything at us—terrorists, hurricanes, you can take away our giant sodas, it doesn’t matter! We come back stronger every time!” exclaimed New Jersey native Jon Stewart
• Eric Clapton offered up one of several of the night’s guitar master classes, strumming out “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” and “Crossroads”
• The Who (Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend) included a beautiful rendition of “Tea & Theatre.”
• Chris Rock was on hand to introduce “the very humble Kanye West,” who—wearing what appeared to be a pleated leather skirt over his pants, turned in one of the more controversial sets of the night. “Jesus Walks,” “All of the Lights” and “Touch the Sky”. The Twitterverse was not pleased with this.
• Billy Joel + home crowd = magic every time. In addition to “New York State of Mind,” the hitmaker pounded out “Movin’ Out” and “River of Dreams.”
• Chris Martin and Michael Stipe set Twitter ablaze with their duet on “Losing My Religion.”
• “I love New York!” announced Sir Paul McCartney as he launched into “Helter Skelter,” “Let Me Roll It” and “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five.”
• McCartney then recalled how he “recently some guys asked me to jam with them” and those guys turned out to be Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. “The penny had finally dropped that I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion” he said before introducing the former Nirvana mates for their first-ever live performance of “Cut Me Some Slack” with Macca on lead vocals.
• Alicia Keys closed the whole thing out, her voice sounding clear as a bell on “Empire State of Mind Part II.”