The 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert took place last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and it truly was an epic event. It all kicked off a set by Bruce Springsteen anbd the E Street Band, who was joined by Jon Bon Jovi for ‘Born To Run’, that was followed by a Roger Waters set that included Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam helping out on ‘Comforably Numb’. Adam Sandler (with Paul Shaffer) did a fantastic “New Yorker” version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, including lyrics that were both comedic and passionate.
Jon Bon Jovi and the band returned to the stage for their own set, and Bruce Springsteen returned the favor on a version of ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home.’ Sets by the great Eric Clapton, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Kanye West and Alice Keys followed and it all wrapped up with Paul McCartney perfoming Beatles and Wings classics as well as being joined by Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic and Pat Smear on a new track that we now know will be a part of the upcoming ‘Sound City’ movie soundtrack.
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Proceeds from the show will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation. More than $30 million was raised through ticket sales alone.
Paul McCartney played a set that included the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter,” followed by Wings’ “Let Me Roll It,” “Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five,” and the newer song “My Valentine” off of his 2012 release ‘Kisses on the Bottom.’ He also performed “Blackbird,” “I’ve Got A Feeling,” and “Live And Let Die,” the latter two coming after his appearance with the former Nirvana crew.
Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, told TMZ that she was “not amused” after hearing the news. Love stated, “Look, if John [Lennon] were alive, it would be cool.” Love also told TMZ that she was upset with Novoselic and Grohl for calling the 12-12-12 performance “a Nirvana reunion,” because she says that Cobain was the heart and soul of the band.
Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic and Pat Smear ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ will live on beyond the benefit as the Foo Fighters tweeted after the show that it was the first song off of the upcoming ‘Sound City‘ documentary soundtrack. I would have liked to have seen the guys on an actual Nirvana tune, and was hoping for some kind of all-star jam as the close of the concert, but that didn’t happen. The concert was well past curfew, so I understand, but it did come to kind of an abrupt end. I am not complaining though, because it is all about the cause, and I thanks all the artists for coming together to contribute to rebuilding the damage caused to the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We wish them all the best this holiday season.