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12-12-12 Concert Classically Rocks MSG

by Photo of Chelsea Regan

The benefit concert for those affected by superstorm Sandy impressed with a killer lineup.

12-12-12 Concert Classically Rocks MSG

Last night, nearly 2 billion people watched the 12-12-12 Concert, as it was broadcast across the world on television channels, the Internet, and radio stations. Legends of classic rock, tri-state natives, comics and actors all took the stage in this money raising effort. The end result was a spectacle that will be hard for the future to replicate. 

The Boss Bruce Springsteen, Jersey born and raised, gave the crowd its first taste of the night to come. “The Land of Hope and Dreams” was followed by “Wrecking Ball” and “My City of Ruins”, before he was joined by Jon Bon Jovi for the anthem “Born to Run” – and all of New Jersey high-fived each other.

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd played a handful of songs before being joined by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder for an unforgettable performance of “Comfortably Numb.”

Sporting a vintage style New York Jets t-shirt, Adam Sandler performed a spin on Hallelujah – this time entitled “Sandy, Screw Ya.” He made jabs at The Situation, Bloomberg’s soda laws, and fittingly, Sanchez’s butt fumble.

Kristen Stewart had the honor of re-introducing Bon Jovi and Springsteen to the stage for their performance of “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” Another Jersey Strong high five?

Eric Clapton played a trio of his hits. The Rolling Stones followed up with a short set that included “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” And then, Alicia Keys performed a solemn and touching performance of “No One” while sitting behind her piano.

The Who, fronted by the bare-chested, sunglassed, denim clad Roger Daltrey, put on a perfect show playing hits ranging from “Who Are You” to Tommy track “Pinball Wizard” and “Baba O’Riley.”

Kanye West followed The Who (who proved they’ve still got it) in a leather kilt – proving he may just have lost it. He played over a handful of his chart-topping hits. The general consensus seems to be that the concert could have done without his or his skirt’s presence.

Billy Joel got the concert back on track with a set that included “Movin’ Out” and “New York State of Mind.” He was followed up by Chris Martin who performed an awesome acoustic version of “Viva La Vida” before pairing up with Michael Stripe of R.E.M. for “Losing My Religion.”

“Helter Skelter” opened up Paul McCartney’s turn on the stage. After a beautiful take on “Blackbird,” McCartney welcomed Nirvana’s Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear to join him. Fronting the 90’s grunge band, McCartney sang a new creation between Nirvana and himself, “Cut Me Some Slack,” which wasn't half bad.

Jon Stewart, Blake Lively, Stephen Colbert, Sean Combs, and Jimmy Fallon were a few of the many celebrities called on to introduce the musical acts of the night and to pay tribute to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The 6-hour concert closed out with notes from Alicia Key’s love song to New York, “Empire State of Mind.” The proceeds from the concert and donations will be going to the Robin Wood Relief Fund. While the tickets alone yielded over 30 million dollars, there’s been no official word on the dollar donations as of yet. To contribute to the cause of Superstorm Sandy relief click here.

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