Rock veterans dominate 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy relief

By Daniel S Levine,

When the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger joked during his band’s performance that last night’s 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden was “the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden,” he was probably right. Rock veterans dominated the show, with younger acts like Chris Martin, Kanye West and Alicia Keys adding some modern flavor.

The show kicked off with New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen, who performed “The Land of Hope and Dreams,” followed by “Wrecking Ball.” He was joined by another New Jersey native, Jon Bon Jovi, who sang “Born To Run” with him. Springsteen and Bon Jovi shared another duet on “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” during Bon Jovi’s set.

Still, many who were there might have felt like it was the British Invasion all over again, thanks to performances from The Who, The Stones, Eric Clapton and former Beatle Paul McCartney. Roger Waters was also on hand to perform songs from The Wall. The LA Times notes that The Who even brought out a virtual Keith Moon for “Bell Boy.”

The Stones, who had just performed at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center over the weekend, only performed two songs, singing “You've Got Me Rocking” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

West was the sole hip hop representative at the show, performing several tracks including “Clique” and “Gold Digger,” notes Billboard.

Later, Coldplay’s Martin and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe performed “Losing My Religion.”

McCartney was the closing act, performing The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” and the Band on the Run tracks “Let Me Roll It” and “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five.” He also performed a new track with former Nirvana members David Grohl and Krist Novoselic. He closed his set with “Live and Let Die.”

According to The New York Times, the show was capped off with a return from Keys, who sang “Empire State of Mind” with firefighters on stage.

The proceeds from the show went to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and several celebrities made appearances throughout the night, including Ben Stiller, Billy Crystal, Kristen Stewart, Olivia Wilde and Sean Combs.

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