Rock legends to take New York stage for storm Sandy victims

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Crew members work on stage to prepare lighting for the 12-12-12 fundraising concert at Madison Square Garden to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York, December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Crew members work on stage to prepare lighting for the 12-12-12 fundraising concert at Madison Square Garden to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York, December 11, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Paul McCartney jamming with Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder duetting with Roger Waters on a Pink Floyd song are just two of the acts in store at a benefit concert on Wednesday for victims of Superstorm Sandy, producers say.

The "12-12-12" concert at New York's Madison Square Garden features a who's who of rock and pop, including The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Kanye West and Bon Jovi.

Producer John Sykes said the fundraiser would feature "the greatest lineup of legends ever assembled on a stage."

He said Waters, McCartney and Chris Martin of Coldplay "are reaching out to other legends to join them on stage and create once-in-a-lifetime moments."

Sykes said $32 million has already been raised from ticket sales and sponsorships. With the concert's potential to reach 2 billion people through broadcast and digital platforms, organizers are hoping to raise tens of millions more.

To help with the fundraising, celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Kristen Stewart, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chelsea Clinton and Billy Crystal will take part in a telethon during the concert, which starts at 7.30 pm EST (0030 GMT) and is expected to last between four and five hours.

The "12-12-12" concert will be broadcast live on television, radio, movie theaters, on Facebook and iHeartRadio and streamed on digital billboards in New York's Times Square, London and Paris.

More than 130 people were killed when Sandy pummeled the east coast of the United States in October. Thousands more were left homeless as the storm tore through areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, causing billions of dollars in damage.

Sykes said that personal stories of neighborhoods and people severely affected by Sandy will be showcased during the concert. Sykes was involved with "The Concert for New York City" after the September 11, 2001 attacks, which raised more than $30 million for charity.

He said technological advances over the past decade have exponentially changed the reach of fundraising.

"We have both traditional and new media behind us in a way that we've never had before, and that is really going to be the 'x-factor' on how much money we can raise for the victims," Sykes said.

Donations raised from the one-night concert produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and The Weinstein Company, will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which will provide money and materials to groups helping people hardest hit by the storm.

(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy, Editing by Jill Serjeant, Patricia Reaney and Grant McCool)

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where were all these ‘die hard’, liberal democrats, for the aftermath of katrina? uh? tell me.

Dec 12, 2012 11:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
B_rand wrote:
In the words of the late New York singer Laura Branigan, “you REALLY don’t remember,” do you? “The liberals” were staging a series of several major televised concerts in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, but of course you’d rather knee-jerk malign “liberal Democrats” than think to use the internet to answer your own question.

A Concert for Hurricane Relief, September 2, 2005. Hour-long benefit concert broadcast live from 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, and i: Independent Television. Raised $50 million and watched by approximately 8.5 million viewers.

Performers and presenters included Harry Connick Jr., Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Glenn Close, John Goodman, Mike Meyers, Kanye West, Claire Danes, Brian Williams, and Leonardo DiCaprio, among a dozen others.

Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, September 9, 2005. A one-hour, commercial-free benefit concert simulcast worldwide from NYC and L.A. broadcast in over 100 different countries and aired simultaneously on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, UPN, WB, PBS, ABC Family, AmericanLife TV, Black Family, CNBC, Court TV, E!, Fox College Sports, Fox Movie, Fox Reality, FSN, Fuel TV, FX, G4 Media, Lifetime, MSNBC, Ovation, TV, Oxygen, Showtime, Sirius Satellite Radio, SOAPnet, SPEED Channel, Style Network, WGN, TBS, Tennis Channel, Trio, TV Guide Network, TV One, USA, Wealth TV, and numerous channels internationally. Approximately $30 million raised for the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

Performers included U2 with Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Mariah Carey, Paul Simon, Dixie Chicks, and Kanye West, with presentations by Don Cheadle, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson, and Chris Rock, among others; answering phones were Ben Affleck, Jason Alexander, Angela Bassett, Adrien Brody, Danny DeVito, Allison Janney, Mary Steenburgen, and James Woods, among others.

ReAct Now: Music & Relief, September 10, 2005. A four and a half hour long benefit concert broadcast on MTV, VH1, CMT, MTV2, MTVU, VH1 Classic and The N. Raised about $30 million for Katrina relief.

Performers and presenters included Alicia Keys, Jon Stewart, Green Day, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Bon Jovi, U2, Common, Kanye West, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Dennis Quaid, Maroon 5, Chris Rock, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, and Fiona Apple, among dozens of others.

From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, NYC Concerts for the Gulf Coast, September 20, 2005. A collaborative effort between Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in NYC raised about $9 million. Performers and presenters included Jimmy Buffett, Ed Bradley, Irma Thomas, Bette Midler, Elton John, Elvis Costello, John Fogerty, and Simon and Garfunkel.

Come out of that pessimistic partisan haze once in awhile.

Dec 13, 2012 2:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
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