Rolling Stones Added to ’12-12-12′ Sandy Relief Concert Lineup

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The Rolling Stones are the newest addition to the star-studded lineup for “12-12-12,” a concert to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy that will take place at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12. The concert will be the largest gathering of musicians ever held at the Garden, the show’s producers said at a press conference today. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

The Rolling Stones, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, also performed at the Robin Hood Relief Fund’s “Concert for New York City” on Oct. 20, 2001. Next week they will share a stage with stars Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Who, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West and Alicia Keys.

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The news was announced by the show’s three producers, Harvey Weinstein, CEO of The Weinstein Company, James Dolan, Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, and John Sykes, president of Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises, as well as David Saltzman, Executive Director of Robin Hood.

“We wanted to put together the greatest rock show ever on one stage, and we realized we were missing one group,” Sykes told TIME.

Other celebrities who will participate in the concert and help raise money through the show’s telethon include: Billy Crystal, Leonardo DiCaprio, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Sean Combs, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Myers, Quentin Tarantino, Brian Williams, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi and Chelsea Clinton.

Organizers anticipate that nearly 2 billion people worldwide will be able to tune in to the concert via television, radio and the Internet through sites like YouTube and Hulu. Or just come back and watch the livestream on TIME.com.

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mclg85
mclg85

...and I will be one of the 4+ billion people NOT watching this!  Feels damn good.  HOOPLA HOOPLA

50yearsagoNet
50yearsagoNet

50 years ago today, Bill Wyman joined The Rolling Stones. In this video Wyman reminisces about his first meeting with “the boys”. He recalls that they were more impressed with his equipment than his bass playing, but they warmed up when they found out that he would let them use his amps, which were far superior to the ones they had. For their second meeting he met them at their flat, which Wyman says “was disgusting, filthy; chairs had three legs.” http://www.50yearsago.net/bill-wyman-joins-the-rolling-stones-december-7-1962/