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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012 4:14:44 PM PST
Suze says:
The 12-12-12 benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy has a lineup spanning five decades of music: from the British invasion triumvirate of the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and The Who and their fellow British rock stars, Eric Clapton and Roger Waters (from Pink Floyd), to the current R&B and hip-hop of Alicia Keys and Kanye West. The concert also promises grunge recombinations: Mr. McCartney singing Nirvana songs with the trio's two surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam joining Mr. Waters. Hard-hit shoreline areas of New Jersey and Long Island will be represented by Billy Joel, Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, who's scheduled to open the show at 7:30 p.m. (Mr. Springsteen, Mr. Joel and Jon Bon Jovi also appeared at NBC's Nov. 2 telethon for the Red Cross.)

The event has already raised more than $30 million for the Robin Hood Relief Fund. But there have been widespread complaints about ticket scalpers profiting from a charity event. It will be broadcast on television on many channels, radio and the Internet and free theater simulcasts will be soliciting additional donations. The Times will also be streaming the show on its Web site here.

It's going to be a long show; one of its producers, Harvey Weinstein, has promised, "We're not going to pull the plug" if the concert runs past its expected midnight finish. I'll be live-blogging it here as it happens.

- Jon Pareles

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/sandy-12-12-12-benefit-concert-live-blog/

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 4:25:14 PM PST
Rob says:
It's only 7:25 and I already regret I am not there.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 4:58:46 PM PST
Dee Zee says:
Bruce shouldn't be wearing those "ball bearing pants" as Father Murphy used to tell us in 1969.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 5:37:14 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 12, 2012 7:10:32 PM PST
tmoore says:
Good to see all these artists. I am reminded of watching Live Aid in 1985, especially after just watching the Clapton set and Jagger/Richards/Woods in the Stones set, all of whom played at the Philly Live Aid show in 1985.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 7:19:58 PM PST
I'm surprised Springsteen was the opener...figured they'd save him for a finale. Waters sounded great, as did Clapton (though I was holding out hope for a quick "Pros & Cons" reunion of the two!). Heck, even the Stones were sounding pretty feisty. Can't wait to see if The Who can keep the momentum going!

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:00:56 PM PST
Suze says:
Clapton is God....
Mick Jagger.... cannot believe he's 69....
The Who sounded great tonight.....

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:04:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 8:04:56 PM PST
tmoore says:
I am happy that The Who got a long set (not sure how the set lengths are determined). There is no way this will end by midnight (five more acts to go and it is 11:04 PM Eastern as I write this). Glad I had some caffiene earlier tonight!

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:10:24 PM PST
alysha25 says:
I'm not even a Who fan, but Wow! They were awesome tonight. Mick looks like a beanpole. And I loved Roger Waters, his singer , Robbie Wyckoff was awesome too.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:17:53 PM PST
Suze says:
Daltrey sounds great....really belting it out....

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 8:33:06 PM PST
MiBoDoCa says:
Is it true Paul McCartney wrote a song for the concert tonight called Hurricane? It's rumored that the lyrics are:
Hurricane
I'm talking about Hurricane
Sandy
Flashlights came in handy
During Sandy.*

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:41:14 PM PST
Where's Ray Davies when you need him?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 10:23:05 PM PST
The Stones even in their 70's are rocking hot.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 10:38:17 PM PST
Sir Paul rocked it!
There was definitely some pressure being the last act among all his British rock peers, but Paul did not disappoint! Strong opening with Helter Skelter.

I would have loved to see a finale with Paul on stage with members of The Who And The Stones.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 11:31:08 PM PST
I caught most of it. The thing about these concerts is .... that the bands have to play to the general audience, some people who normally may not be at these concerts.

So... the same old hit songs get played again. I guess they need to keep it simple.... play the old songs everybody knows!

The STONES.... OH my God... sometimes people need to stop looking like they are twenty.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 1:35:31 AM PST
Sha57 says:
Wish I could look twenty again - and have that energy! ;))

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 8:21:47 AM PST
How much were the tickets for the concert ? Was it first come first serve ?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 9:08:37 AM PST
Suze says:
I read they had a lot of problems with Ticketmaster, with the tickets not being available immediately after they were released to the public. Instead you had to buy them through "Stub Hub" and other sites. The prices were jacked up very high so that only the wealthy could afford them. The Attorney General needs to do something about this imo.

I went to see the Stones in the early eighties in the Meadowlands, NJ, they had a system where you mailed in an application from the newspaper and they picked out the mailed in letters at random. We were able to get 4 tickets at reasonable prices at the time (think we paid about $50 a ticket or less, can't remember exactly). Since Ticketmaster took over it's become a scam unfortunately....

The tickets to that show last night were going for as high as $20,000!

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 9:57:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 9:59:22 AM PST
vivazappa says:
#1-Oo'
#2-Rog
#3-Macca

Simple as that.

THE STONES MAILED IT IN...TWO SONGS??????????????...YOU GOT ME ROCKING?????????????????

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 10:11:43 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 10:31:41 AM PST
"Rockin'" was a good choice because I thought they would have done something more predictable, you know, so that people could complain about that, too!

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 10:26:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 10:27:29 AM PST
naldo says:
Viva,
Who's Keith tribute was great especially. Agree on Waters and McCartney, but I'd also add Adam Sandler as a favorite.
Censors were off the mark all night (as they oughta be!)

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 10:48:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 10:57:16 AM PST
vivazappa says:
nalso:
HBO has no censors...viva HBO!

exile:
Your name sez it all...how about Rocks Off>JJ Flash...and a few more!
I've never cared for Rocking but another song along those lines, Out of Control, is an excellent live tune. I hope they kick that one in Saturday night or redemption night as I am now calling it ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 11:02:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 11:12:13 AM PST
Zappa, obviously there were 100 songs any one of us may have felt were better but you are missing the point. Any number of deep tracks would have been awesome, but this was a benefit concert, not a Stones concert and to gripe about song selection and that they only did 2 songs sounds a bit whiny and childish to be honest.

And I would still think so no matter what my 'name' was. ;)

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 11:15:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 13, 2012 11:21:50 AM PST
vivazappa says:
They should have been able to get the promoters to give them a half hour too...so my whiny childish behavior should be directed at the promoters not Mick n Keef ;)

With a half hour the Stones could have played a medley from Dirty Work...that would have made some minds bleed ;)

Ronnie played well...and he looked healthy!

I wish Taylor would come out on Saturday and do the whole show but to quote Steven Tyler, "Dream on til your deams come true."

Since prayer is the last refuge of a scoundrel...I think I'll try that.
"Lord please let Taylor play the whole show on Saturday in Jersey"
Probably won't work but hey I tried...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 11:33:14 AM PST
Vivazappa,
I heard the Stones only wanted to do 2 songs because they have their pay per view show coming up.
John
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