Clapton, McCartney, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, The Rolling Stones & More Perform at 121212 The Concert For Sandy Relief

Eric Clapton was one of many musicians who answered the call to take part in the fundraising event 121212 The Concert For Sandy Relief. Rehearsals and sound checks took place throughout the day at Madison Square Garden, the site of the show. Bruce Springsteen kicked off the concert at 7:30PM and the music continued for 6 hours. Clapton took the stage shortly after 9PM in a trio format accompanied by Steve Jordan (drums) and Willie Weeks (bass). Eric’s short but extremely affective set earned accolades. Comments like, “he’s the musician’s musician” and “he should go out on the road with these guys!” were common refrains in the halls of MSG. Eric’s set was “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out,” “Got To Get Better In A Little While,” and “Crossroads.”

For rock music aficionados, it was the first time Eric Clapton, The Who and The Rolling Stones shared a stage since December 1968 when they filmed “Rock N Roll Circus.”

The line-up included numerous musicians who hail from the areas most impacted by the October “super storm:” New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, Long Islander Billy Joel, native New Yorker Alicia Keys and longtime Long Island residents Paul McCartney and Roger Waters. Surprise guests were Michael Stipe who performed “Losing My Religion” with Chris Martin and Diana Krall who joined Paul McCartney for “My Valentine.”

Judging by the level of applause in the arena, top moments were Eddie Vedder teaming with Roger Waters for the Pink Floyd classic, “Comfortably Numb,” McCartney taking part in a Nirvana reunion, Mick Jagger’s quip, “”This has got to be the biggest collection of old English musicians ever in Madison Square Garden,” and Jon Bon Jovi joining Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band for New Jersey’s unofficial state song, “Born To Run.” Like the Concert For New York City in 2001, the consensus was once again that The Who stole the show.

The show closed with the evening’s only female artists, Alicia Keys, performing “Empire State of Mind, Part II.”

Monies raised from the concert and the sale of merchandise will benefit The Robin Hood Relief Fund which will help residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut rebuild and recover.

The concert was available online, on television and radio to a global audience of 2 billion people. It was also made available in select movie theatres in areas devastated by the storm for residents to enjoy free of charge.

A DVD of the show will be available in the coming months.

MUSIC FROM THE NIGHT IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM ITUNES and sales will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund

CLICK HERE TO DONATE to The Robin Hood Relief Fund

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE 121212 CONCERT MERCHANDISE – 90% of the retail value goes directly to The Robin Hood Relief Fund


Land of Hope and Dreams – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Wrecking Ball – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
My City of Ruins > Jersey Girl – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Born To Run –  – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and Jon Bon Jovi
In the Flesh – Roger Waters
Another Brick In The Wall  – Roger Waters
Money – Roger Waters
Us and Them – Roger Waters
Comfortably Numb – Roger Waters and Eddie Veder
Sandy Screw Ya (rewrite of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah) – Adam Sandler & Paul Schaffer
It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Who Says You Can’t Go Home – Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out – Eric Clapton
Got to Get Better in a Little While – Eric Clapton
Crossroads – Eric Clapton
You Got Me Rocking – The Rolling Stones
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
Brand New Me – Alicia Keys
No One – Alicia Keys
Who Are You – The Who
Bell Boy – The Who
Pinball Wizard > See Me, Feel Me – The Who
Baba O’Riley – The Who
Love Reign O’er Me – The Who
Tea & Theatre – The Who
Clique (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Mercy (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Power (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Jesus Walks (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Run This Town (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Diamonds From Sierra Leone (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Touch the Sky (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Gold Digger (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Good Life (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Runaway (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Stronger (abbreviated version) – Kanye West
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) – Billy Joel
Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song) – Billy Joel
New York State of Mind > Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Billy Joel
River of Dreams – Billy Joel
You May Be Right – Billy Joel
Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel
Viva La Vida – Chris Martin
Losing My Religion – Chris Martin and Michael Stipe
Us Against The World – Chris Martin
Helter Skelter – Paul McCartney
Let Me Roll It – Paul McCartney
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five – Paul McCartney
My Valentine – Paul McCartney and Diana Krall
Blackbird – Paul McCartney
Cut Me Some Slack – Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
I’ve Got a Feeling – Paul McCartney
Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney
Empire State of Mind, Part II – Alicia Keys

The global television, radio and internet broadcast was hosted by Billy Crystal and Brian Williams with appearances by Steve Buscemi, Chelsea Clinton, Stephen Colbert, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jimmy Fallon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Katie Holmes, Blake Lively, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Kristen Stewart, Jason Sudeikis, Olivia Wilde.

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