December 12th, 2012
09:15 PM ET

Springsteen, Bon Jovi, other stars raise $$$ for Sandy relief

New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen kicked off Wednesday night's star-studded Madison Square Garden concert that raised money for those enduring misery after Superstorm Sandy.

Springsteen's set included "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run."

Proceeds from "12-12-12" benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is assisting storm victims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Alicia Keys, launching into a customized version of "No One," told a cheering crowd, "This is our city. This is everybody's city. The resilience of this city is incredible."

Early performers include the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder, joined by comedians Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Billy Crystal. The Who's set included "Who Are You" and "Pinball Wizard." Images of storm damage were shown on a large screen.

"This recovery is not going to be quick," Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd during his set. "We need your support."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently said the latest estimates of Sandy-related storm costs in his state were $36.8 billion, while New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters the total cost in his state was $41 billion.

Concert organizers said the event was accessible to 2 billion people worldwide, through television and Web sites. "We are having high donation volume on the web," they said on the concert's Twitter page late Wednesday.

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  1. asd

    why wasnt mccartney mentioned? his fronting of nirvana was epic. and why was kanye there? i felt bad for him, he was so outdone by literally EVERYONE else

    December 13, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • ctbeckyw

      Correction... McCartney didn't front Nirvana. Nirvana BACKED McCartney.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. cedar rapids

    'Look at logo for concert,there is 6 heads inside No.2 which gives you 666.'

    wait, how? how does that give 666?

    December 13, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kate

    And of course the survivors of Sandy will see that money. I'm sure they will. Wink wink

    December 13, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. maine liberal

    The British invasion 121212

    The average age of performers had to be 70+

    December 13, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • ctbeckyw

      And I would have rather seen this senior citizen set rock it rather than the auto-tune, cookie cutter pop tarts of today. These performers are still here and rocking it after 20 or more years. The Biebers of today will be lucky their around for two or three years before heading back into oblivion and their jobs washing dishes.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. kim

    it was a good show for a good cause, but everybody has to bash it because of this didn't happen when..................or try to make it some political gig.....there are actually some good people in the world, and this is what stars with money do to give back...get over yourselves. if you are ever affected by some sort of disater, I bet you won't be complaining from which side of the aisle the aid comes from.
    a bunch of ungrateful ***

    December 13, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steves.

    Clapton still has it.

    December 13, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • emil

      Yes he does. He stepped it up ALOT. H needs to play with just a trio from now on. That was smokin good!!

      December 13, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Seeing Clapton and band playing those old Derek and the Dominos tracks was suhweeeet. Some of the best stuff ever IMO.

      December 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FoxNewsLies

    So now the Right Wing Propaganda Network is saying there's a war on Christmas with Sandy ruining Christmas for New Jersey. Wow. It just gets crazier by the day.

    December 13, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Buckeye1

      I, myself, watch NBC, but if you don't like Fox News, why don't you go onto MSNBC and watch the island of misfit toys because if you can't believe Al Sharpton, who can you believe. duh.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Baba

    Once again, The Who stole the show while the Stones were looking to get paid.

    December 13, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ctbeckyw

      Charity event... don't think any performer got paid.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. jas495

    Kayne West ruined it for me! He looked absolutely ridiculous! When did men start wearing skirts? And everyother word was F this! Hated him!

    December 13, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      i do totally agreed with your comment

      December 13, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Not a fan

      Totally agree with you . . . how did Kanye West become famous? I didn't think he was ever gonna get off the stage. He just didn't fit in with the rest of the talent because I don't see that he has any!

      December 13, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Chantilly, va

    Kayne Waste - just horrible. The rest of the show was outstanding!

    December 13, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Not a fan

      Horrible doesn't even describe it . . . .

      December 13, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. FKell

    You guys forgot to mention Adam Sandler and his rendition of "Halleluiah", or was that cut from the non-live feeds.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Not a fan

      Oh yea, he has about as much talent as Kanye . . . well, maybe a little more!

      December 13, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Norm

    Great watching Bruce and Bon Jovi together. NOT! Two big Dem supporters who have their mega million dollar mansions declared farms to avoid taxes. Think those rich elites will ever pay their "fair share"??

    December 13, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • dcase20

      Hey everybody, I found one! A real live crazy!

      December 13, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • ctbeckyw

      Norm, the event was to raise money for the victims of Sandy. No political agenda here. If you can't just enjoy the music, go crawl back under your rock and leave the rest of us to enjoy.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Buckeye1

      Just one of those entertainers could feed a small country. Where are THEIR donations?

      December 13, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Buckeye1

      ctbeckyw – Wahhh wahhhh wahhhh.... go cry somewhere.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. emil

    Roger Daultry proved once again he is the ALPHA MALE!! The Who ruled. Others were good. Jagger still has it. Ron Wood is great. Billy Joel got pudgey but can still deliver. I like the songs better in the lower keys. He sounded great. BRUCE nuff said. Eddie Vedder is always good. Chris Martin was really good and strong, bonus Michael Stipe coming down off his high horse to really belt it out!! McCartney/Nirvana, I wanted more, I was hoping they'd do a Kurt song. Nothing famous. About a Girl. That's very Beatle-esque i na way. It would have worked.

    But Nobody tops The Who. They were just awesome!! Always are.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • D9

      Yep, I was so stoked to see them about 3 weeks ago....5:15, Reign O'er Me, Baba O' was great!! 121212 was pretty great too.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Andrew

    Guess what? The rock stars in their 60s are still rock stars. It was great. They came out and left it all on the stage.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Primal 4 Life

    Simply amazing show last night. There hasn't been anything this big since Live Aid in the 80's. If you didn't catch it you missed out big time.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
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