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Thu Nov 1, 2012, 11:34 AM

NBC benefit concert on Friday to aid Sandy victims

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) NBC will air a concert featuring singers Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Christina Aguilera on Friday to benefit victims of monster storm Sandy, which devastated parts of the U.S. Northeast with flooding and winds this week.

The special will be broadcast on the networks of NBC Universal, and money collected from the program will be donated to the American Red Cross relief efforts, NBC said on its website.

The benefit concert, titled "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," will be hosted by Today show anchor Matt Lauer, the TV network said. Along with Springsteen, whose songs often center on his upbringing on the New Jersey shore, most of the performers are from areas hard-hit by the storm.

Other performers and appearances will include Billy Joel, Sting, Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon, NBC said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/01/entertainment-us-storm-sandy-concert-idUSBRE8A00XH20121101

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Response to tessar (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 11:51 AM

1. FWIW, donating to ARC now will help FUTURE disaster survivors. This is good but know it

will go for future issues (most of it at any rate). To help now, here is a link I found with some other suggestions. This is NOT to say don't donate to ARC but realize the money will go for future things.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/10/how-help-aftermath-sandy/58506/

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Response to tessar (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:00 PM

2. I know I'll get slammed for this but I can't stand these type of benefits

Look, I know the idea behind them is all good and well-meaning and it's a way to bring the country together to raise funds. HOwever these concerts all come across very staged and a bit too scripted. I'd rather see Bruce & Bon Jovi do a regular concert at the PNC Center and then televise that instead of this Song-Speech-Song-Speech-Rinse-Repeat fundraiser shows.

HOWEVER, I know with Bruce involved they should be able to raise alot of money.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:15 PM

4. I share your dislike.

However I think that having two locals involved will provide a much needed moral boost for the people in the tri-state area. Kudos for Joel, a Long Island resident, as he had retired from entertaining.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:20 PM

5. What Ever It Takes to Raise Money

to help the East coast, I'm all for it!

Don't care how cheesy it may seem to cynics.




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Response to otohara (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:32 PM

6. And for that I agree

I might not watch it but if it can raise millions to help the areas impacted by Sandy then it gets from me!

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Response to tessar (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:09 PM

3. The RW is going to squeal about The Boss

.. better make sure Meatloaf or Ted Nugent is invited too ...

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Response to Myrina (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:34 PM

7. I think this time Bruce does need to return Christie's phone calls

Bruce is no fan of Chris Christie - they are both from very opposing political ideologies even though Christie says he has attended over 100 Springsteen concerts (I guess Christie just ignores the lyrics).

Christie practically begged Bruce to play a show at the grand opening of the new Revel Casino in AC and Bruce just ignored him and instead did a 4 hour concert over in Philadelphia.

But I think this is a good time for Bruce and Jon Bon Jovi, both hardcore liberals, to reach out to Chris Christie and help with the rebuilding of New Jersey. It's the right thing to do!

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Response to Myrina (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:36 PM

8. If the RW wants to have their own concert, that's fine, they can feature both kinds of music.

Country AND Western.

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Response to tessar (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:49 PM

9. I hope there's at least a video appearance by President Obama, asking for aid.

Yes, it's a political wish but it's also an appropriate thing to do. He doesn't have to do a thing except say "We are here for you, and I encourage America to come together and be there for one another."

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Response to tessar (Original post)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:52 PM

10. Btw if you haven't seen Bruce's appearance at the first Jazzfest after Katrina get out your hankies.



Everyone was crying like babies.

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