Rock Legends Unite for 12 12 12 Concert [VIDEO]
The 12 12 12 Concert for Sandy Relief was a who’s who of rock and roll. Check out some of the highlights.
Last night’s 12 12 12 Concert for Sandy Relief at New York’s Madison Square Garden was a show for the ages, and according to estimates, viewed by two billion people across the globe, thanks to the simulcast across several television networks, movie theaters, radio stations and the Internet.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band opened the show with the very appropriate My City in Ruins and it was basically a love letter to the Garden State from the 90’s and it became an anthem following 9/11 and is seeing a resurgence in popularity following the storm. Bruce also did Born to Run with New Jersey’s other native son, Jon Bon Jovi to close out the set. Bruce then joined Bon Jovi for a few songs, but I don’t think that You Can’t Go Home was appropriate to sing to hundreds of thousands of people who lost their homes, because, well, they really don’t have a home to go to. By the way, what was up with Jon Bon Jovi’s raiding Steve Jobs’s closet before the show?
Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters took the stage and performed a song he wrote called 12-12-12. He also did Money, Us & Them off Dark Side of the Moon (which damn near made me fall out of my chair) and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder joined Roger on stage for Comfortably Numb. Roger’s performance was absolute perfection. Eddie nailed the vocal and Roger’s guitar player, Dave Kilminster gave me goosebumps during the Numb solo. I got to see him do it this past summer during Roger’s Wall Tour, so I was delighted to hear the opening notes once again during the 12 12 12 Concert.
Eric Clapton also made an appearance last night. He only did three songs, but man did he make it look easy. He did two Derek & The Dominos songs that were all but forgotten, however extremely appropriate for the night. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out and Got to Get Better in a Little While. He closed his set with the Cream classic Crossroads. Flawless.
I felt bad for whomever had to follow Mr. Clapton because they’d be like the bicycle riding chimps that had to follow The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, but it was none other than the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger was in fine form and even remarked about how many Brit rockers were on the bill, saying, “This has got to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden.” The Stones did only two songs – You Got Me Rockin’ and Jumpin’ Jack Flash – and that was likely on purpose because they were a late addition to the show and they have a Pay Per View special coming up on Saturday evening. They probably didn’t want to give away the goods so people tune in.
The Who played and played and played and played until Roger Daltrey was shirtless and without a voice. Sprinkled in with Pinball Wizard, Baba O’Riley and Who Are You, were snippets of Love, Reign O’er Me, and See Me Feel Me. They even did Bell Boy with the late Keith Moon singing his part with actual concert footage of Keith doing the song on the big screen. Insane.
Paul McCartney, in fine voice wrapped the show with a highly anticipated Nirvana reunion with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. They did a new song called Cut Me Some Slack. You could tell Pat and Dave were having fun. Krist looked bored and less than charismatic, but overall, it was cool to witness. Paul did classics like Helter Skelter, Let Me Roll With It, and his latest track My Valentine that he wrote for his wife. Paul finished his set with Live and Let Die; complete with pyrotechnics. R&B singer Alicia Keys, who performed earlier in the evening and she closed the show with Empire State of Mind pt. 2. The stage was full of first responders taking pictures with Paul, shaking hands and hugging. They seemed to be as happy to meet him as he was to meet them. Overall, I was a tad disappointed with the songs that Paul chose, but thought it was a good idea to not trot out the tired Hey Jude; which he seems to perform whenever he performs for a charity concert.
In case you missed it, or want to relive the performances again and again, you can order them via iTunes.
Right now, you can relive Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder doing Comfortably Numb.