Following a long tradition that has included events like Live Aid and The Concert For New York City, popular music’s biggest names will joining forces to raise money for victims of last month’s Hurricane Sandy.
12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief will be held in New York’s Madison Square Garden and takes its name for the concert’s date, Dec. 12. Organizers for the event are the same people who put together The Concert For New York City after 9/11, namely Clear Channel Media, The Weinstein Company and The Madison Square Garden Company. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Set to take the stage are a most impressive cross-section of music’s biggest names: Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Roger Waters, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel and Jon Bon Jovi. Ticket information is promised for the coming days, so keep your ear to the ground, as these are guaranteed to disappear very quickly. For those of us not near NYC, the New York Daily News is reporting that the event will be televised by a currently unspecified outlet.
This announcement comes one day after a similar, but much smaller, indie benefit was announced that will feature Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, The Walkmen and many more, taking place on Nov. 17 in Brooklyn Heights. Tickets, benefiting Occupy Sandy, are already sold out, but keep ckecking here as more tickets could always be released.