The 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert Starring Springsteen, McCartney and the Stones

A who's who of rock and pop gather at Madison Square Garden for a benefit concert to help storm victims

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Nils Lofgren, Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt of The E Street Band perform at "12-12-12" a concert benefiting the victims of Hurricane Sandy at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, 2012 in New York City.

11:30 a.m. Update:Read TIME’s report from backstage at the epic 12-12-12 concert, and check out the 12 most iconic images from the music marathon

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.

(READ: All about the unforgettable moments from the 12-12-12 concert)

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.


Good grief! What was that? The Geriatric Jam or The Walking Dead?


Does anyone know if this concert will rebroadcast???

BaxterSpotlight 2 Like

goodby 12 12 12.  we all had a nice day.  but all days have to end and this one acutally already ended.  and we are all sorry about paul mccartney.  and we all miss kurt cobain.. but that was a long time ago and now we have better internet.  so thats all you can really hope for sometimes.

ScottSimon 2 Like

What a fantastic show. Really enjoyed Paul McCartney and Roger Waters, absolutely loved Adam Sandler(Allthough I woulda loved to see more Lunch Lady Land.) and his Pianist. Oh man, great, great show. Definitely would have paid big to see that one. And a greater cause s'well! Make sure if you can, donate to the relief fund. God bless everyone, Happy Holidays!


loudiamondscience 1 Like

@ScottSimon Not sure God will bless anything in this day and age.


@loudiamondscience @ScottSimon Gos'a always there mang. Keep the Faith, if you have any, or rely on mine. <3


@ScottSimon why did you sign your name x?

SurferJesusLove 1 Like



Baxter and Surfer yer too funny.  Bonsoir