Some of the world’s top pop and rock stars joined forces for a concert to raise money for Hurricane Sandy recovery. The Friday night concert had been hastily assembled and it turned out being a bit ragged, but the group of stars and their commitment could not be second guessed.
The concert was an hour in length and commercial free on NBC. It was also carried by many other outlets. It highlighted artists in the music business with local ties. They were led by none other than the Boss himself Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi and the lovely Christina Aguilera. The concert raised money for the hurricane relief efforts of the American Red Cross.
Aguilera was born and raised in Staten Island, which was very hard hit and opened the concert from an NBC’s studio stage at New York’s Rockefeller Center.
Matt Lauer, Jon Stewart and members of the NBC news team helped with the hosting of the program. Appearing to ask for donations were stars like Kevin Bacon, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, Danny DeVito and Tina Fey.
Bon Jovi, a native of Sayreville, New Jersey, appeared in a video that showed him returning to see his hometown and then he appeared to sing two songs. Other performances included a sax and piano musical with Billy Joel, Mary J. Blige, Sting and members of Aerosmith including Brad Whitford, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
Springsteen and the E Street Band members are mainly from the Jersey Shore and he ended the concert by saying, “May God Bless my Jersey Shore.”