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Springsteen Opening, McCartney Closing "12.12.12" Concert; Songs from Show to Be Sold on iTunes

121212Concert.orgWe know that an awe-inspiring list of stars will be performing Wednesday at 12.12.12 -- The Concert for Sandy Relief, and now news has emerged about which of these famous artists will be opening and closing the show. Organizers have revealed that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will kick off the big event, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, Showbiz 411 reports that Paul McCartney will hit the stage for the concert's finale.

In related news, Columbia Records has announced that selections from the benfit will be available on iTunes a few days after the show.

Besides Springsteen and McCartney, the 12.12.12 concert will feature performances by The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Billy Joel, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and more. 

The concert will air live event on a wide variety of TV stations around the world and also will stream on select websites.  In addition, a free simulcast of the show will be held in select movie theaters in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut -- the states most severely affected by the storm.  Paid cinema screenings in other parts of the U.S. also will take place to raise more funds for the cause.

Proceeds from the 12.12.12 concert and album will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is providing money, materials and information to charitable organizations in the northeastern U.S. that are helping assist the families and areas hit hardest by Sandy.

The 12.12.12 album is expected to be released on December 18.  You can pre-order your copy now for $12.99 on iTunes.

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