Thursday, December 13, 2012
Big-name musicians raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief at 12/12/12 benefit show
Kanye wore a skirt and Paul McCartney played Kurt Cobain.
NEW YORK CITY There’s always something special about charity concerts -- whether it’s from the musical superstars all gathered in one place and making music together or just the sense of camaraderie created by working together to make a difference in the world. The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy relief was no different.
Hosted at completely sold out Madison Square Garden and being broadcast across the world, 2 billion people had access to the concert. And it as a concert that you didn’t want to miss out on.
The show kicked off with New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen, discussing the rebuilding process that lay ahead for those most affected by Sandy followed by his song "My City of Ruins." Springsteen then invited Bon Jovi on stage to join him for a duet, kicking off the many mind-blowing artist collaborations that would occur during the nearly 6-hour long concert.
But it wasn’t just a night of music. Several comedians made their appearance during the evening with some quips of their own. Another New Jersey native, Jon Stewart, took the stage to talk about the strength and solidarity of the New Yorkers and New Jerseyans affected by the hurricane.
“When are you going to learn, 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.”
But the true comedy star of the night was Adam Sandler. Coming out on stage wearing a plan Jets t-shirt, Sandler made a mockery out of everyone, from the Weiner twitter scandal to Bloomberg’s ban on large soda’s in his rewrite of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah," appropriately titled "Sandy, Screw Ya."
A little on the stranger note, Kanye West also made a memorable appearance when he showed up in a skirt. His performance didn’t garner the same reaction that his fellow artists received, but he made sure no one would be forgetting him any time soon.
Even though many talented Americans came out in support, like Springsteen and Alicia Keys, it was the British superstars that really stepped up and made an impact, spurring Mick Jagger to joke “If it rains in London, you’ve got to come and help us.”
One of the most notable performances from our British counterparts was the Nirvana reunion featuring Sir Paul McCartney in the role of Kurt Cobain. And McCartney knew how to put on a show.
McCartney also took the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the true stars of the night. Because it’s about more than the musical royalty that made an appearance at the concert. It’s about the firemen, the service men, and the volunteers that stepped up to help those in need. It’s about those tuning in that gave money to Robin Hood to help support the rebuilding of New York and New Jersey. It’s about mankind and how we all can come together to make a difference.
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