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12-12-12 concert: A blow-by-blow account
The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief features the world's biggest stars, performing to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden and billions of people around the world. Proceeds from the concert will raise money for the Robin Hood Sandy Relief Fund to benefit those people affected by superstorm Sandy.
Performers include: Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who, and Paul McCartney.
Donations can be sent to: http://www.121212concert.org/
11:13pm: Signing off of the live blog for the night. Thank you all for reading and be sure to check out the rest of our coverage on Newsday.com!
11:01: Who just dropped an F-Bomb? Brian Williams does a good job laughing it off. At least no wardrobe malfunctions - yet. I don't know if this concert is for the kids.
10:51pm: Who just annihilated - vaporized - the roof off the Garden? And pulled it off with an open shirt, at the ripe age of 68?
10:29pm: I said, The Who is performing next. Singing the theme song to CSI, the 1978 song formerly known as, "Who Are You?"
10:28pm: The who?
10:24pm: Actor Steve Buscemi (Armageddon, Con Air) hangs out with some firefighters, one of whom had a few too many drinks. Who's next?
10:07pm: Cue Alicia Keys, playing piano. "We're here to celebrate love. We're here to celebrate life." Singing that, "everything will be alright." Her voice sounds a little fatigued. Gets the crowd to put their lighted cellphones in the air.
10:02pm: Comedian Stephen Colbert introduces himself as, "a huge celebrity." Says, "volunteering is the new skinny jeans." P. Diddy and Olivia Wilde out next to talk about the NYU Langone Medical Center, which flooded and lost power in New York City. Doctors and nurses who evacuated the patients are honored, some still wearing their white coats.
9:47pm: Jimmy Fallon introduces The Rolling Stones. "Please, please now take the time to donate tonight." The Rolling Stones are now playing "You Got Me Rocking."
9:29pm: Eric Clapton plays, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" on acoustic guitar.
9:21pm: Jon Stewart, comedian who grew up in New Jersey, advocates for rebuilding the Jersey Shore. "Every milestone in my life happened at the Jersey Shore - first kiss, first cheesesteak, first time I saw someone break an ankle... these are great communities filled with phenomenal people."
9:12pm: MSG is "Living On A Prayer" that the roof stays on. Doesn't look like it will. The music is too powerful.
9:05pm: Bon Jovi gets Bruce Springsteen back on stage. "We are New York and New Jersey. This is our people, this is our crowd. The world came out for us. Now it's time to blow the roof off this joint." They're singing "Who Says You Can't Go Home" and the roof is indeed blowing off.
8:54pm: Bon Jovi time. He starts with, "It's My Life." Crowd appears pleased to see him.
8:51pm: Actress Kristen Stewart arrives to muted applause.
8:46pm: F-BOMB ALERT!!! Adam Sandler sings a rendition of Hallelujah, "Sandy Screw Ya," ripping on everything from Mark Sanchez to The Situation. Censors slow on the button.
8:39pm: Next up, "Comfortably Numb."
8:23pm: Another Pink Floyd song, "Money." As in - please send some.
8:21pm: Next up, "Another Brick In The Wall."
8:13pm: Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder perform Pink Floyd's "In The Flesh."
8:08pm: Billy Crystal says if two billion people watch, and everyone gives $1, there will be $2 billion for relief. Encourages direct donations, pre-ordering the concert on iTunes, or buying merchandise.
8:03pm: Billy Crystal lightens the mood. "You can feel the electricity, so you know LIPA is not involved."
7:58pm: Bon Jovi gives Springsteen a big kiss near his ear. Just friends?
7:56pm: Springsteen calls out "my friend," Bon Jovi. They're performing "Born to Run" together.
7:52pm: Springsteen sings, "My City's In Ruins," prays for strength.
7:48pm: Springsteen: "This is a prayer for all our struggling brothers and sisters in New York and along New Jersey." Springsteen said he hopes the Jersey shore retains its inclusive character when it is rebuilt.
7:44pm: Springsteen singing about "the hard times" in his rendition of "Wrecking Ball."
7:35pm: The first song of the night is, "Land of Hopes and Dreams" by New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen.
7:33pm: The concert is on! Bruce Springsteen kicks it off.