If you had listened to us earlier on Tuesday, you could have seen the whole 12/12/12: The Concert For Sandy Relief rundown before the five-and-a-half-hour show began, allowing you to plan your night around the old English whiteness that tried to pry open your checkbooks for a great cause.
What transpired on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden was an amazing effort to help those in need, even though the comedians weren’t all that funny and the musical acts provided endless unintentionally comedy for those tweeting at home. If you ever wondered what an endless Super Bowl Halftime show would look like, the Sandy benefit show answered your prayers.
It was a meme-makers dream: Paul McCartney wore Mom Jeans to a Bad Idea Jeans kind of concert, Kanye West rocked a black leather kilt and some meggings, Brian Williams raised Keith Moon from the dead and said “you can’t swing a dead cat” three times, Jon Bon Jovi looked like a Cool Dad *and* a Cool Mom from the ’90s, Roger Daltrey bared his greased-up veal tits while Pete Townshed did “research” on Sandy for a book, Alicia Keys wouldn’t rest until you put your cell phone in the air, Billy Joel made you ask, “That guy married Christie Brinkley?,” Michael Stipe looked like Skinny Billy Joel, Steve Buscemi and some local responders may have had a few too many, Leonardo DiCaprio couldn’t make it because he got stuck filming all the way … in Brooklyn, Adam Sandler’s parody of “Hallelujah” went over about as well as his role as Jill, and Chris Rock bombed because his opener was the very funny comedian, People Crying Because They Lost Everything in Sandy.
If you want a full recap of the night, head over to our friends at Hidden Track, which live-blogged the show about as well as you could.
Reports suggest about $50 million was raised for the Robin Hood Foundation.
LINEUP: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band > Roger Waters > Bon Jovi > Eric Clapton > Rolling Stones > Alicia Keys > The Who > Kanye West > Billy Joel > Chris Martin > Paul McCartnirvana.
SETLIST: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Land of Hope and Dreams, Wrecking Ball, My City of Ruins, Born To Run (w/ Jon Bon Jovi), Living On A Prayer
Roger Waters: In The Flesh, The Happiest Days of Our Lives, Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2, The Ballad Of Jean Charles de Menezes, Money, Us and Them, Comfortably Numb (w/ Eddie Vedder)
Adam Sandler: Hallelujah (w/ Paul Shaffer)
Bon Jovi: It’s My Life, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Who Says You Can’t Go Home (w/ Bruce Springsteen), Living On A Prayer
Eric Clapton: Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out, Got To Get Better In A Little While, Crossroads
Rolling Stones: You Get Me Rocking, Jumping Jack Flash
Alicia Keys: Brand New Me, No One
The Who: Who Are You, Bell Boy, Pinball Wizard, See Me Feel Me/Listening To You, Baba O’Riley, Love Reign O’er Me, Tea and Theatre
Kanye West: Clique > Mercy > Power > Jesus Walks > All Of The Lights > Diamonds From Sierra Leone > Diamonds > Touch The Sky, Gold Digger, Good Life, Runaway, Stronger
Billy Joel: Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway), Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song), Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas > New York State Of Mind, River Of Dreams, You May Be Right, Only The Good Die Young
Chris Martin: Viva La Vida, Losing My Religion (w/ Michael Stipe), Us Against The World
Paul McCartney: Helter Skelter, Let Me Roll It, 1985, My Valentine (w/ Diana Krall), Blackbird, Cut Me Some Slack (w/ Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic), I’ve Got A Feeling, Live and Let Die
Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind Pt. 2