When Superstorm Sandy made its way to the Jersey Shore, it was unclear how vast the devastation would be. Sandy made its way slowly across the East Coast, hitting Jersey and New York City the hardest, causing around $62 billion in damage. New York and New Jersey natives banded together with other big name celebrities and current residents to put together a benefit concert to help those affected by Sandy. Check out some of the highlights from the 12-12-12 concert that raised at least $30 million in ticket sales alone.
Bruce Springsteen — It’s not a Jersey concert if Springsteen isn’t there, especially with him kicking off the show with “Land of Hope and Dreams,” which was appropriate for the cause. He also sang “City of Ruins.” When he finished his set, he was joined with Bon Jovi, both of whom are practically Jersey royalty. They belted out a few songs together, but the real showstopper was the “Born to Run” duet.
Roger Waters — The Pink Floyd front man proved that he still has it when he showed up to perform parts of “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Money” and “The Wall.” He finished out his last set when he was joined onstage with Eddie Vedder for “Comfortably Numb” and the two legends brought down the house.
Adam Sandler — Comedian Adam Sandler sang “Hallelujah.” OK, so it wasn’t the best vocal performance I’ve ever heard, but it was sweet in its own way. Not the actual song, but the idea that Adam Sandler is willing to sacrifice himself on the altar of dignity to help the city he loves. Also funny was the fact that the censors were about a beat slower than Sandler, which meant all language was gleefully projected to homes across America.
The Rolling Stones — Come on, they’re the Rolling Stones. No one has moves like Jagger and the band is approaching their 50th anniversary. That means 50 years of music being influenced by the Stones, which may be one of the only bands that kids and their parents can listen to without arguing.
Alicia Keys — The women were severely under-represented when it came to the 12/12/12 concert, so Alicia had a lot of weight on her shoulders. Luckily, she’s a force to be reckoned with and she killed it by relying on her piano to tell the story, rather than crazy spectacles and a bevy of instruments. I just wish more female singers followed suit and can’t help but wonder where they all were.
Chris Martin and Michael Stipe — Some of the best performances of the night were definitely the collaborations between powerhouses. While Jovi and Springsteen were amazing, one of the most exciting duos was Chris Martin of Coldplay, teamed up with Michael Stipe of R.E.M. After all, Stipe has been in retirement for a few years now, so for him to come out and sing “Losing My Religion” with Martin was a huge deal. It was a complete surprise and one that had me wishing for an R.E.M. reunion tour.
Paul McCartney and Nirvana — Obviously their lead singer was missing, but Nirvana made it work by having Paul McCartney appear as their front man for the concert. The reunion of the surviving band members was one thing, but hearing McCartney grunge rock it out like it’s 1995 was even better.
Let’s not forget the other celebs and performers who made it out to the show. Kanye West showed up for a ho-hum performance and Billy Joel rocked a “New York State of Mind.” Celebs manning the phones and giving mid-show speeches included Jake Gyllenhal, Susan Sarandon, Ben Stiller, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Stewart, Billy Crystal and Jon Stewart.
What did you think of the 12-12-12 concert? Were you impressed by the lineup?