How many music legends can you gather under one roof? The folks at Madison Square Garden will find out this evening as a who’s who of rock and pop — from Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones to Kanye West and Chris Martin — come together for the “12-12-12″ concert to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Arguably the biggest lineup of music talent ever in one show, many of the artists lending their talents have direct ties to the region devastated by the late October storm that killed more than 125 people, left parts of New York City underwater and millions of others without heat or electricity for weeks — including New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, Long Islander Billy Joel and New Yorker Alicia Keys.
Other celebrities who will be on hand to tell stories about the storm and take pledges for donations include: Billy Crystal, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam Sandler, Kristin Stewart and Chelsea Clinton. Proceeds from the show will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation, which also sponsored “The Concert for New York City” at the Garden ten years ago in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that raised more than $30 million. ”12-12-12″ concert producer John Sykes told Reuters that $32 million has already been collected from ticket sales and sponsorships, with organizers hoping to raise tens of millions more.
Though tickets sold out within minutes of their release last week, TIME streamed the show live. The concert, which will open with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at 7:30 p.m., is expected to last until Paul McCartney takes the stage around midnight in one of the most anticipated acts. The Beatle will sub for Kurt Cobain, fronting a Nirvana reunion alongside Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, the surviving members of the legendary grunge band who haven’t played together in 20 years.