Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Billy Joel Headline Sandy Benefit Concert

Posted 01 Nov 2012 in Music + TV News

 

I knew there would be some concert to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I didn’t expect it to happen this quickly.

(AP)  NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is doing a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit.

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the concert Friday.

The telecast will benefit the American Red Cross and will be shown on NBC and its cable stations including Bravo, CNBC, USA, MSNBC and E! Other networks are invited to join in.

The concert will be hosted by Matt Lauer. It will air at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be taped-delayed in the West.

Other performers include Christina Aguilera, Sting and Jimmy Fallon.

The telethon will be broadcast from NBC facilities in Rockefeller Center in New York City.

A spokeswoman for NBC Universal said that channels not owned by the company will also be allowed to broadcast the concert. NBC organized a similar benefit after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. That telethon, also hosted by Mr. Lauer, raised $50 million for the Red Cross. A week after NBC’s benefit, another telethon,”Shelter From the Storm,” was broadcast by the major networks and a couple of dozen cable channels. It was similar to a telethon conceived after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, “America: A Tribute to Heroes.” A dozen channels also showed a benefit telethon after the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

To donate, visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Posted by Larry Carta


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