Update One of last night’s surprises was Coldplay frontman Chris Martin bringing out former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to play “Losing My Religion.” Take a look at video of Martin’s entire performance below (Stipe comes in at 5:30).
Update The Nirvana/Paul McCartney collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack” hit the internet this morning. Check it out below.
With an incredible lineup that includes The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder and most notably, a much talked-about Nirvana reunion of sorts (fronted by no other than Paul McCartney), tonight’s 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief is going to be one to remember.
Check back here when it kicks off at 7:30 p.m. EST, where we’ll be live blogging updates through the whole event. You can stream it below.
**“Losing My Religion”*
“Cut Me Some Slack”
7:30 The event kicks off with a clip of the storm’s massive impact.
Bruce Springsteen opens the show with “Land of Hope and Dreams”
7:40 The Boss plays “Wrecking Ball.” Hard to think of someone more perfect to kick off the show.
7:46 “My City of Ruins” might not have been written for the event, but what could be more fitting?
7:56 Springsteen brings out Jon Bon Jovi for “Born to Run”
8:00 We think Bruce could’ve handled that one by himself just fine.
Billy Crystal introduces the show. “This is amazing. You can feel the electricity, which means Long Island Power is not involved.”
8:03 Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo introduced by Crystal.
8:10 You can see ways to donate here.
8:13 Roger Waters kicks his set off with The Wall’s “In the Flesh,” “The Happiest Days of Our Lives,” “Another Brick in the Wall”
8:20 Waters plays “Money,” reminding you to donate here.
8:28 “Us and Them” from Dark Side of the Moon.
Eddie Vedder joins Waters for “Comfortably Numb.” That other guy, “Not Eddie Vedder,” was Robbie Wyckoff, a vocalist for Waters’ The Wall tour.
Adam Sandler and Paul Shaffer doing a re-worked “Hallelujah.” “Hallelujah, Sandy screw ya.”
Kristen Stewart introducing Bon Jovi makes this a great time to grab a beer.
9:06 The Boss joins Bon Jovi for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”
Jon Stewart gives a great tribute to police of Seaside Heights, introduces Eric Clapton, who opens with “Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out”
9:25 Clapton plays “Got to Get Better in a Little While,” “Crossroads”
9:45 After an intro from Jimmy Fallon, The Rolling Stones kick off their set with “You Got Me Rocking,” follow up with “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”—Set seems to be cut extremely short, and Steve Buscemi taunts the band shortly afterward.
10:00 “Paul McCartney, if you want to be as cool as me, cut your hair, lose the accent, grow up” – Stephen Colbert
10:08 Alicia Keys takes the stage, asks audience to take out cellphones to light up MSG. “Put your cellphones in the air and we can celebrate life,” she sings over, and over, and over again.
10:22 Buscemi gets a few jabs at The Rolling Stones’ short set before introducing The Who. They open with “Who Are You,” drop f-bomb on live TV. Band follows up with “Bell Boy” with a Keith Moon projection, which was already being used during their recent Quadrophenia tour. “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Love Reign O’er Me,” “Tea & Theatre” followed. Pete Townshend’s “Have a fucking beer” goes uncensored.
Chris Rock introduces “the very humble Kanye West,” who opens with “Clique.” West’s fashion choice is shocking for Twitter followers—it’s either a leather skirt or kilt he’s wearing, but as many point out, he wore this as far back as his Watch the Throne tour. He follows with “Power,” “Jesus Walks,” “All of the Lights,” “Touch the Sky.” West says he let displaced friends stay with him before playing “Gold Digger,” (we’re wondering if that’s a coincidence) and follows-up with”Good Life,” “Runaway.”
11:35 “Drunk Uncle” from SNL makes an appearance, slurs his way through Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy.”
Billy Joel takes stage with “Miami 2017,” “Movin’ Out,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “New York State of Mind,” “River of Dreams,” “You May Be Right.”
12:10 “I know it cost you a shitload of money to get in here,” Joel says before “Only the Good Die Young.”
12:16 Chris Martin takes the stage solo, plays a delay-heavy acoustic version of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” after intro from Blake Lively. “It’s such an honor and a pleasure as one of the many British singers that your state has adopted. I know that you really wanted One Direction, but it’s way past their bedtime,” he says. Instead of One Direction, he brings out R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe for “Losing My Religion.” “He came out of retirement for this and now he’s gone right back in,” Martin says.
12:30 With rumors of a Paul McCartney-fronted Nirvana “reunion,” the most talked-about moment of the night is finally here. McCartney finally takes the stage, opens with “Helter Skelter.” So far, there are no former Nirvana members on stage. McCartney follows up with Wings’ “Let Me Roll It.” Diana Krall joins for “My Valentine” before Macca goes solo for “Blackbird.”
1:00 McCartney introduces former Nirvana members, says “I realized I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.” The band plays an original song, with Grohl on drums, Novoselic on bass, Smear on guitar and McCartney on vocals and some sort of short-scale guitar for an original (and super hard-rocking) tune. As soon as it began, it’s over and McCartney’s original band rejoins him for “I’ve Got a Feeling,” a fiery, hard-hitting “Live and Let Die.”
1:12 Grohl’s Sound City documentary releases a trailer for “Cut Me Some Slack,” which seems to be the title of that new McCartney/Grohl/Smear/Novoselic collaboration.
1:15 We knew Alicia Keys couldn’t have gone the whole night without playing “Empire State of Mind.” Looks like she’s finishing out the night with it after being called up by McCartney, and she’s joining dozens of New York and New Jersey’s finest up on stage.