* "We will not leave anyone behind"
* "God bless New York, God bless the Jersey Shore"
By Chris Michaud
NEW YORK, Nov 2 New Jersey natives Bruce
Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi joined Staten Island-born Christina
Aguilera and others on Friday in a televised benefit concert for
victims of Sandy, the storm that killed more than 100 and
devastated parts of the U.S. Northeast.
The commercial-free one-hour telecast, "Hurricane Sandy:
Coming Together," included appearances by Sting, Billy Joel,
Jimmy Fallon, Steven Tyler, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey, Jon
Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Bacon and Danny DeVito.
The host was "Today" show co-anchor Matt Lauer, who said,
"We haven't seen a storm like this in 100 years."
The fundraiser, shown on NBC, opened with Aguilera saying:
"I was born in Staten Island. Four days ago, Hurricane Sandy
came through and devastated it." The New York City borough
accounted for about half the city's 41 deaths from the storm.
Aguilera, a judge on the television singing competition "The
Voice," vowed that "we will do whatever we can to help, we will
not leave anyone behind," then performed "You Are What You Are
Next up was Bon Jovi, who was seen in footage filmed this
week after he rushed back from a British promotional tour to
visit his hometown of Sayreville, New Jersey, to console
residents and view the devastation.
Bon Jovi sang "Who Says You Can't Go Home."
Fey, an actress and comedian, implored viewers to donate at
1-800-HELPNOW and spread the message for donations via social
media such as Twitter.
Donors can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a
$10 contribution. All proceeds were earmarked for the American
Red Cross to benefit victims of Sandy and rebuilding efforts.
The show was sprinkled with news footage of destruction in
New York City and along the New Jersey coast, such as the ruins
of the amusement pier familiar to viewers of "Jersey Shore."
Long Island-raised Joel performed an early song about
devastation full of references to New York: "Miami 2017," often
known as "Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway." Joel tweaked the
lyrics to incorporate areas especially hard hit by Sandy.
Sting chose "Message in a Bottle," with its familiar refrain
"Sending out an SOS."
Tyler, with Aerosmith, performed "Dream On" and teamed up
with Fallon for "On the Boardwalk," backed up by Joel and
Blige sang "The Living Proof," and the telecast ended with
Springsteen and the E Street Band's "Land of Hope and Dreams."
"God bless New York, God bless the Jersey Shore,"
Springsteen said as the band struck the final chords.
The telethon was also aired on NBC Universal networks Bravo,
CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA, as well as HBO, and
was live-streamed on NBC.com and simulcast on Springsteen's E
Street Radio on SiriusXM.
On Thursday, Walt Disney Co announced a $2 million donation
for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, while Disney/ABC Television
Group designated Monday as a "Day of Giving" when viewers of
network and syndicated programming would be encouraged to help.
Entertainment giant Viacom Inc announced a $1 million
donation to the Mayor's Fund NYC and local organizations.