A bevy of music stars, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Sting and members of Aerosmith, joined together on Friday to perform on the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together disaster relief telethon. The hour-long special, which aired commercial free on NBC Universal broadcast and cable outlets, among other stations, raised money for the American Red Cross’ efforts to aid those affected by the superstorm that decimated the New York-New Jersey area earlier in the week.
The show featured Joel singing an updated version of his tune “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway),” Bon Jovi delivering an unplugged rendition of his band’s “Living on a Prayer,” Sting playing an acoustic version of his Police hit “Message in a Bottle” and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford performing “Dream On.” Late-night TV host Jimmy Fallon also was on hand to lead an all-star performance of “Under the Boardwalk” with help from Springsteen, Tyler and Joel. Closing out the event were Bruce and his E Street Band, who served up a heartfelt “Land of Hope and Dreams” that ended with a few lines from the Curtis Mayfield classic “People Get Ready.”
The Today show’s Matt Lauer hosted the program, which also featured celebrities like Jon Stewart, Danny DeVito, Kevin Bacon, Tina Fey and Whoopi Goldberg talking about the storm’s effects and imploring viewers to donate to the cause. Throughout the telethon, taped segments were aired showing examples of the devastation.
Those who’d like to donate to the relief efforts can do so by visiting RedCross.org and iTunes.com/RedCross, or by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW.
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