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"12-12-12" Concert: Music Superstars Rock Out for Sandy Relief

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Clear Channel(NEW YORK) -- It was a night of music, comedy and celebrities at 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday night.

While several top artists in the rock and pop genres performed for the MSG crowd, actors such as James Gandolfini, Jimmy Fallon and Jack McBrayer manned a phone bank where they accepted donations from viewers.

Forty cable networks televised and numerous websites streamed the event, the proceeds of which benefited The Robin Hood Relief Fund and victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Fittingly, the concert began at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time with a "local" artist -- New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen.  The Boss and his E Street Band kicked off his half-hour set with a performance of "Land of Hope & Dreams."

As he introduced "My City of Ruins," Springsteen noted that he wrote the song about Asbury Park, N.J.  He described the Jersey Shore as an area for both the rich and poor, adding, "I pray that that characteristic remains along the Jersey Shore because that's what makes it special."

Springsteen mixed "My City of Ruins" with a bit of "Jersey Girl," a favorite of Springsteen fans that was originally recorded by Tom Waits.

Springsteen was joined by another Jersey rocker, Jon Bon Jovi, for his final song, "Born to Run."  Springsteen returned the favor during Bon Jovi's set, teaming with the band on their hit "Who Says You Can't Go Home."

Springsteen and Bon Jovi were far from the only legendary rockers to take the stage over the course of the night.

Paul McCartney, the closing act, provided a special moment when he brought the former members of Nirvana on stage -- minus the late Kurt Cobain, of course, but including drummer-turned-Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl -- for a new song called "Cut Me Some Slack."  Sir Paul also sprinkled in some crowd-pleasers like "Helter Skelter" and "Live and Let Die."

The Rolling Stones, in the middle of a 50th anniversary tour, played just two songs, including "Jumpin' Jack Flash."  Mick Jagger joked at one point, "This has to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden."

That "collection" also included The Who, which saluted their late drummer, Keith Moon, by screening footage of him singing during their performance of "Bell Boy."  And as he took over vocals on "Baba O'Riley," Pete Townshend changed the lyrics "It's only teenage wasteland" to "It’s only Sandy wasteland."

The other artists on the bill were Long Island native Billy Joel; Manhattan's own Alicia Keys; Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, who was joined by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder; Eric Clapton; rapper Kanye West; and Coldplay's Chris Martin, who duetted with R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe.

The telecast featured celebrity appearances by Billy Crystal, Susan Sarandon, Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Kristen Stewart, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Diddy, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Brian Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The marathon concert ended with Alicia Keys returning to the stage to perform “Empire State of Mind” as McCartney, firefighters, members of various public works departments and individuals personally affected by the superstorm gathered on stage.

An album of select performances from 12.12.12 will be sold on iTunes beginning on Dec. 18.

Here are the set lists from 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, in chronological order:

Bruce Springsteen
"Land Of Hope And Dreams"
"Wrecking Ball"
"My City Of Ruins/Jersey Girl"
"Born To Run" (with Jon Bon Jovi)

Roger Waters
"In the Flesh?"
"Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
"Us And Them"
"Comfortably Numb" (with Eddie Vedder)

Bon Jovi

"It's My Life"
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home" (with Bruce Springsteen)
"Livin' on a Prayer"

Eric Clapton
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"Got To Get Better In A Little While"

The Rolling Stones
"You Got Me Rocking"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Alicia Keys
"Brand New Me"
"No One"

The Who
"Who Are You"
"Bell Boy"
"Pinball Wizard"
"See Me, Feel Me"/"Listening to You"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Love, Reign o'er Me"
"Tea and Theatre"

Kanye West
"Jesus Walks"
"All Of The Lights"/"Run This Town"
"Diamonds" remix (featuring recorded Rihanna vocals)
"Touch the Sky"
"Gold Digger"
"Good Life"

Billy Joel
"Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)"
"Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)"
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"New York State of Mind"
"The River of Dreams"
"You May Be Right"
"Only the Good Die Young"

Chris Martin
"Viva La Vida"
"Losing My Religion" (R.E.M. song; with Michael Stipe)
"Us Against The World"

Paul McCartney
"Helter Skelter"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"
"My Valentine" (with Diana Krall)
"Cut Me Some Slack" (with Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear)
"I've Got a Feeling"
"Live and Let Die"

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The "12.12.12" Sandy Relief Concert Takes Place Wednesday Night YORK) -- 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, the star-packed benefit for the victims of the massive storm that recently battered the northeastern U.S., takes place Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

The show's lineup features quite a few celebrities who hail from some the areas hit hardest by the storm, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel.

In conjunction with promoting the charity event, the famed musicians discussed some of the devastation they witnessed near their hometowns and why it's so important for people to support the victims of the storm.

Springsteen, who is from New Jersey's coastal region shore, points out, "The size of the destruction was shocking, and it took days and days to even understand the level of destruction that occurred along the Jersey shore."

He also stresses, "What makes a place that place is a fragile thing very often.  Trying to maintain that part of what the Jersey coast was about is important.  I wouldn't want to see that part of it and that life disappear."

Like the Boss, Bon Jovi was raised, and still lives, near the Jersey shore.  The singer declares, "There have been hurricanes, there have been storms, but I've never seen anything remotely close to what Hurricane Sandy was."

He notes that while the storm only lasted one day, its effects "are gonna last a lifetime."  Bon Jovi adds that, on the positive side, "In our time of need, people come together in a way that is unique to who and what we are, and I love that."

Joel, meanwhile, lives along the coast of Long Island, N.Y.  He says about the effects of Sandy: "Emotionally it hurts to see all the terrible things that happened because of this storm, all the lives that were disrupted, all the damage that was done…People were stranded.  People died.  I'm proud to be [a Long] Islander, and to see something like this happen is devastating."

As previously reported, the 12.12.12 concert will feature performances by Springsteen and his E Street Band, Bon Jovi's namesake group and Joel, as well as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Who, Roger Waters, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and more.

The show, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m. ET, will air live on various TV stations across the globe and will stream on select websites.  In addition, a free simulcast of the concert will be held in a number of movie theaters in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, while paid screenings will take place in other parts of the U.S. to raise additional funds for the cause.

Proceeds from the 12.12.12 concert and album will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is providing money, materials and information to charitable organizations in the northeastern U.S. that are helping families and areas severely affected by the storm.

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Dave Matthews Band Pledges $1 Million Donation to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Dave Matthews Band(NEW YORK) -- Dave Matthews Band is the latest musical artist to announce a monetary donation towards recovery efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy -- and it's a biggie.

DMB is pledging $1 million to the cause, and is turning its November 30 winter tour opener in East Rutherford, New Jersey into a benefit concert.  Tickets for the show are now on sale via

All proceeds from the show, including money from ticket sales and merchandise, will go to the Bama Works Sandy Relief Fund, an offshoot of the DMB's own charitable organization.  The fund has been set up at the Community Foundation of New Jersey to support the ongoing relief and recovery efforts in the wake of the storm.

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Denise Richards Adopts Dog in Support of Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Stars from Snooki and Ben Stiller to Madonna and newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been spotted giving back to the victims of superstorm Sandy, but now one star has announced she has taken something in to aid relief efforts on the East Coast.

Actress Denise Richards has added another animal to her well-documented brood of pets, adopting a dog from the North Shore Animal League in Long Island, N.Y., after an appearance there Friday to encourage others to take in the influx of abandoned pets displaced by the storm.

“Denise Richards visited North Shore Animal League America headquarters yesterday to provide vital help in spreading the word about our disaster relief efforts and encouraging adoptions,” the shelter, whose spokeswoman is Beth Stern, the wife of Howard Stern, posted on its Facebook page Saturday. “During their visit Denise and her family fell in love with Tara the Labrador Mutt-i-gree puppy and welcomed her into their home!”

Richards -- mom to two daughters, Lola and Sam with her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen, and a third daughter, Eloise, whom she adopted on her own -- has been in the New York City area for the past month filming the new pilot series Socio for the ABC Family Channel.

Last Thursday she tweeted, “Day off tomorrow. Heading to an animal shelter, to help out. Over 600 rescued from the hurricane. My girls are coming to help too.”

It was not immediately clear whether the puppy, which reports Richards has renamed Lily, was one of the pets abandoned during Sandy or not.  A call placed to the North Shore Animal League for comment was not immediately returned.

A call placed to Richards’ publicist was also not returned as of this writing.

Richards, 41, told People in 2010 that her friends call her “Dr. Doolittle” for her love of animals.

“I swear, if there’s a dog stranded somewhere, he finds my car, and he finds me,” she told the magazine. “If anyone is looking to get a dog, they ask, ‘Can you help me?’”

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Lady Gaga Pledges $1 Million to Hurricane Sandy Relief

James Devaney/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- When Hurricane Sandy hit the New York/New Jersey area, Native New Yorker Lady Gaga wrote on Twitter about how upset she was that she couldn't be with her friends and family to help them through this difficult time due to her touring commitments.  Now, she's come through with some big-time help: a $1 million donation to the Red Cross.

In a message on her social networking site directed to "New York and the American Red Cross," Lady Gaga writes: "Today I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today."

Gaga continues, "New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion" and finishes by asking New York and the Red Cross to accept her gift on behalf of her parents and her younger sister."  

"With our deepest gratitude, New York, for raising us," writes Gaga. "Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours."

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MTV to Air "Restore the Shore," a Fundraiser for Storm Victims

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- One of the hardest hit regions of the Northeast during superstorm Sandy was Seaside Heights, N.J., the location of MTV's Jersey Shore franchise.  And to do their part, MTV is set to air Restore the Shore to raise funds for the region.

The one hour special will feature the stars of Jersey Shore, according to  Architecture for Humanity has also partnered with the music network in an effort to rebuild businesses that have been affected by the storm.

The funds raised through telephone and mobile options will go straight to rebuild Seaside Heights' boardwalk, which was washed away during the storm, along with donations being made to local businesses.

Restore the Shore is set to air live on Nov. 15 at 11 p.m. ET.

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Hurricane Sandy Telethon to Air on NBC

Mario Tama/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, NBC Universal is the first out of the gate with a relief telethon. 

Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will air Friday night from 8:00 to 9:00 ET on all of NBCU's broadcast and cable outlets, including NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA.  It will also stream online at

The telethon -- the proceeds of which will go to Red Cross relief efforts -- will be hosted by Today host Matt Lauer at NBC's 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City headquarters.  However, it's possible other networks could join the effort.

Announced performers so far include New Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera, and New Yorkers Billy Joel and Sting, with appearances by Late Night host Jimmy Fallon and NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

Though a Category 1 storm when it made landfall, some estimates put Hurricane Sandy's damage at more than that of 1992's Hurricane Andrew, which was a Category 5 storm when it made landfall in southern Florida.  The total damage to Florida then was estimated at $25 billion.

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"Jersey Shore" Stars Sound Off on Hurricane Sandy

MTV Networks(NEW YORK) -- One of the hardest hit regions battered by Hurricane Sandy over the weekend was the famed Jersey shore.  While celebrated for generations before anyone ever heard of Snooki, many of the Jersey shore landmarks seen on the hit MTV reality show of the same name have been damaged or destroyed.

While the gang's summer house is said to be standing, the roller coasters they've ridden on and the boardwalk they've stumbled on are now twisted into the Atlantic.  Restaurants seen in the show and the Shore Store where the roommates worked were pounded by the rushing surf. 

The stars of the show are sounding off in statements and via social media.

"Sandy destroyed Seaside -- our second home," Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi said to MTV.  She also tweeted, " prayers go out to everyone affected!," before later posting she and baby Lorenzo were seeking shelter at her mom's home in upstate New York.

"Seeing seaside and what has happened in my hometown is beyond devastating.  I have no words," tweeted Sammi Giancola.

Ronnie Magro tweeted, "This is crazy living there for 4 summers & seeing in such disaster! What do u mean no more boardwAlk?," while Jenni "JWoww" Farley said in a statement, "I am thinking about my second family at the Jersey Shore and know that we can rebuild and come back stronger."

On an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, JWoww explained her fiancee Roger was on his jet-ski, rescuing people from the flooded Seaside streets.

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