NEW YORK — New Jersey shore hero Bruce Springsteen opened a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy on Wednesday by making a plea that what made his boyhood home special not be forgotten when it is rebuilt.
Music royalty from the Rolling Stones to Kanye West, including several artists with direct ties to the New York metropolitan area, gathered at Madison Square Garden for a concert being televised, streamed online and aired on radio all over the world.
Springsteen and his E Street Band, pictured at right, began the show with a roar, singing Land of Hope and Dreams and Wrecking Ball. He addressed the rebuilding process before his song My City of Ruins. He noted that the song was written about the hard times suffered by Asbury Park, N.J., before a renaissance over the past decade.
The sold-out "12-12-12" concert was being shown on 37 television stations in the United States and more than 200 others worldwide. It was to be streamed on 30 websites, including YouTube and Yahoo, and played on radio stations. More than 2 billion people were expected to have access to the performance.
Other concert performers were to include Long Islander Billy Joel and New Yorker Alicia Keys. Associated Press