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:: Spotlight :: 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

We remember the huge effort into the Concert for New York City following the September 11 2001 tragedy. Eleven years later, after the shock of Hurricane Sandy, which ripped through New York and New Jersey, amongst other areas, a gathering of superstars occurred for a six hours+ concert of the ages.

The same theme seemed to echo across Madison Square Garden show - determination and resiliency. As each elite musical act churned out crowd-pleasing sets, New Yorkers and New Jerseyans were constantly reminded that everything was going to be okay. With a reported 2 billion people watching, so did the entire world. After footage of the storm's destruction, New Jersey’s favourite son Bruce Springsteen, along with his E-Street Band kicked off the show with a set that sent a clear message to the world: we will persevere.

In a time of crisis, The Boss is always there with his hand up to help in any way he can. He ripped through new tunes “Land of Hope and Dreams and “Wrecking Ball” before inviting fellow New Jerseyan Jon Bon Jovi onto the stage, trading lines from the timeless rocker “Born to Run.”

That set the tone for the entire night where other performers included Sir Paul McCartney (with Nirvana), The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Eric Clapton, The Who and Chris Martin.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
New Jersey boys Jon Bon Jovi & Bruce Springsteen
Richie Sambora & an emotional Jon Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
Roger Waters
The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger
Eric Clapton
Alicia Keys
Eddie Vedder & Billy Joel
The Who
Roger Daltrey
Gary Clark Jr & Chris Martin