12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert to Bring Music's Biggest Stars to MSG

By Trevor Kapp on December 12, 2012 8:28am 

 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be the opening act tonight at The Concert for Sandy Relief.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be the opening act tonight at The Concert for Sandy Relief.
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NEW YORK CITY — It could be the greatest concert lineup ever.

Rock legends Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi and Billy Joel will join hip-hop star Kanye West, singer/songwriter Alicia Keys and a slew of others at Madison Square Garden Wednesday evening for 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief.

The star-studded show, which will also feature appearances from Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and Leonardo DiCaprio, kicks off at 7:15 p.m. and is intended to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which claimed more than 100 lives and destroyed thousands of homes in the area.

The concert is set to be live-streamed, and nearly 2 billion people around the world will be able to watch.

Producers say the hosts will ask for donations to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which has already raised more than $30 million for Sandy victims.

Donations are expected to exceed the $65 million raised during The Concert for New York City, which was held following the 9/11 attacks, organizers said.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be the opening act. The Who, Eric Clapton, Billy Crystal and Jake Gyllenhaal are also expected to perform and address the crowd.

The five-hour concert will be aired on AMC, Bloomberg, MSG, HBO, THIRTEEN, VH1 and several other channels.

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