Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen and many others will come together tonight for 12/12/12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at New York's Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from the sold-out show will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which will disperse the funds to non-profit groups that are helping the tens of thousands of people throughout the Tri-State area who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.
If you don't have a ticket to the show, you can still have a front row seat as it will be on TV, online, in movie theaters and on the radio.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will kick it off at 7:30 and Paul McCartney will close it out. The others who will fill in the three-and-a-half hours in between are Eddie Vedder, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Dave Grohl and a slew of celebrities including Billy Crystal, Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon and many others.
An album of highlights will be released by Columbia via iTunes, and no doubt there will also be a DVD down the road as well.
All of the artists are happy to be helping a great cause:
"The Jersey coast had a very unique personality. It was sort of -- you know, some place where there was well-to-do people, there's a lot of places where there's a lot of working class people, middle class people that were able to have homes. So to see it washed away, we just very painful," said Bruce Springsteen.
Paul McCartney revealed, "We have one or two songs that will resonate, I think, and be something to do with the whole event. But mainly it's have fun time."
Long Islander Billy Joel confessed, "It's kind of truamatic. I'm a Long Islander, I'm proud to be a Long Islander. And to see something like this happen is devastating. The way life has been disrupted, a way of life has been disrupted, I don't seen how it's ever going to go back to the way it was."