Mu­sic roy­alty plays to aid Sandy vic­tims

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By David Bauder

NEW YORK — New Jersey shore hero Bruce Spring­steen opened a ben­e­fit con­cert for vic­tims of Su­per­storm Sandy on Wed­nes­day by mak­ing a plea that what made his boy­hood home spe­cial not be for­got­ten when it is re­built.

Mu­sic roy­alty from the Rolling Stones to Kanye West, in­clud­ing sev­eral artists with di­rect ties to the New York met­ro­pol­i­tan area, gath­ered at Madi­son Square Garden for a con­cert be­ing tele­vised, streamed on­line and aired on ra­dio all over the world.

Spring­steen and his E Street Band be­gan the show with a roar, singing “Land of Hope and Dreams” and “Wreck­ing Ball.” He ad­dressed the re­build­ing process be­fore his song “My City of Ru­ins.” He noted that the song was writ­ten about the hard times suf­fered by As­bury Park, N.J., be­fore a re­nais­sance over the past decade.

He lauded the Jersey shore as an in­clu­sive area, where the rich and the poor can find a place.

“I pray that that char­ac­ter­is­tic re­mains along the Jersey shore be­cause that’s what makes it spe- cial,” Spring­steen said.

He mixed “My City of Ru­ins” with part of Tom Waits’ “Jersey Girl” be­fore bring­ing neigh­bor Jon Bon Jovi out to sing “Born to Run” with him.

Comic Billy Crys­tal got an im­me­di­ate laugh by tak­ing a shot at a Long Is­land light­ing com­pany that drew crit­i­cism for the slow pace of power restora­tion af­ter the storm hit the area on Oct. 29.

Roger Wa­ters played a set of Pink Floyd’s spacey rock, joined by Ed­die Ved­der for “Com­fort­ably Numb.” Wa­ters stuck to the mu­sic and left the fundrais­ing to oth­ers.

“Can’t chat,” he said, “be­cause we only have 30 min­utes.”

The sold-out “12-12-12” con­cert was be­ing shown on 37 tele­vi­sion sta­tions in the United States and more than 200 oth­ers world­wide. It was to be streamed on 30 web­sites, in­clud­ing YouTube and Ya­hoo, and played on ra­dio sta­tions. The­aters, in­clud­ing 27 in the New York re­gion and dozens more else­where, were show­ing it live.

Pro­ceeds from the show will be dis­trib­uted through the Robin Hood Foun­da­tion. More than $30 mil­lion was raised through ticket sales alone.

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