Sandy Rockin Relief
If you didn’t tune in for the Rock ‘n Roll relief concert for Hurricane Sandy victims on Dec. 12 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, you missed one fantastic happening.
More than 37 television stations in the United States and 200 others worldwide carried the gathering of legendary rockers that included Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Paul McCartney. Other legendary performers such as Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, the Who, and Alicia Keys also took to the stage.
The Sandy Aid concert also brought back nostalgic memories of the very first rock-aid Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, pioneered by former Beatle George Harrison, that turned out a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ in Rock ‘n Roll, and which set a precedent for all future aid concerts. The fact that the concert came just a day after the death of sitar impresario Ravi Shankar, a headliner at the 1971 concert, punctuated the poignancy.
Many of the performers are native to the area, and suffered hurricane damage themselves which they described to the audience. Joining the rockers were comedians Adam Sandler and Jon Stewart, both local natives. Sandler sang a parody of a Leonard Cohen song, while Stewart told the audience, “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.”
The concert raised more than $35 million in ticket sales alone, and the total tally for call-in donations will, no doubt, bring in many millions more. Judging from the montage of devastating Hurricane Sandy photos flashed on a big screen during the performances, the money is well needed and can’t arrive too soon.
To donate to the relief effort, visit: www.121212concert.org
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