Stars Rock '12-12-12,' Raise $30M for Sandy
Springsteen, McCartney, Bon Jovi come together for storm relief
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2012 2:44 AM CST
Updated Dec 13, 2012 7:45 AM CST
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(Newser) – Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West were just a few of the music and screen legends who raised millions for Sandy relief last night. Appearing on TV, radio, the Web, and in movie theaters, the 12-12-12 concert had a potential audience of some 2 billion, USA Today reports. Donations streamed in, crashing the concert's website, and the New York Post reports that more than $30 million was raised during the six-hour extravaganza. Among the highlights:

  • Local hero Springsteen kicked off the night with his E Street Band, with Clarence Clemons' nephew on saxophone. Jon Bon Jovi stepped in to sing "Born to Run;" later, he played a set of his own.

  • Adam Sandler offered a parody of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," which featured lyrics such as, "Sandy, screw ya/We'll get through ya."
  • Chris Rock proclaimed that so much money was raised, "We've fixed everything."
  • The Rolling Stones performed, with Mick Jagger noting that this was "the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden."
  • A leather-skirt-clad Kanye West performed a medley of his hits.
  • Billy Joel played a host of locally themed songs, from "New York State of Mind" to "Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)."
  • Paul McCartney closed the show, joined onstage by Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Sir Paul brought Alicia Keys onstage to finish the night with "Empire State of Mind."
  • Other stars on hand: Jamie Foxx, Ben Stiller, Kristen Stewart, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Billy Crystal, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Katie Holmes, Sean Combs, the Who, Jimmy Fallon, Olivia Wilde, and more.
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Dec 14, 2012 4:25 AM CST
Everone watching donated a dollar. Total take 100.00.
Dec 13, 2012 6:02 PM CST
i'd like to know exactly how this money is to be spent and who is in charge or making those decisions. i would also like to know how much longer the rock dinosaurs who performed at the concert are going to keep warbling the same old songs at us before they realize that it's time to retire with a little dignity still intact.
Dec 13, 2012 10:51 AM CST
While not wishing in any way to detract from the intention of those who contributed to the reported $30 Million Dollars raise for the purpose of aiding those affected by the Storm 'Sandy', let me bring a touch of realism into this discussion, shortly after the fullest extent of the damage was realized US Vice President Joe Biden visited the area & promised that the residents would receive full government assistance from that point on. Since Joe visited their has been little sign that the Government is remotely interested in the damage wrought by Sandy. This leads me to ask these questions, Will there be Publicly available documentation off how & where this $30 Million Dollars are to be spent? How much of this $30 Million will be siphoned off by the organizers of this event? How much Tax will be paid to the IRS, as proceeds of this nature are invariably Taxed by the IRS. How much of this $30 Million Dollars will be deducted by the administrators as they seek to distribute the funds? Now some of you fine folk may think I am carping unnecessarily, however it must have entered the minds of some of you, that after all the glad handing & Razzmatazz is over, what happens NOW? And will whatever happens NOW be Publicly released?