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12/12/12 Sandy Benefit Live Now

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Only a city like New York could pull of a benefit concert of this magnitude: gathered tonight at Madison Square Garden is a Who's Who of rock royalty from the past 50 years. Just check out this lineup:

  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • Roger Waters Band with Eddie Vedder
  • Bon Jovi
  • Eric Clapton
  • Rolling Stones
  • Dave Grohl
  • Alicia Keys
  • Chris Martin
  • Kanye West
  • Billy Joel
  • The Who
  • Paul McCartney

Ravi Shankar, who passed away yesterday and helped organize the Concert for Bangladesh at MSG 41 years ago, would be proud. 

The Prophet of New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen, kicked things off tonight with "City of Ruins" (from 2002's The Rising):

"There's a blood red circle 
on the cold dark ground 
and the rain is falling down 
The church doors blown open 
I can hear the organ's song 
But the congregation's gone 

My city of ruins 
My city of ruins 

Now the sweet veils of mercy 
drift through the evening trees 
Young men on the corner 
like scattered leaves 
The boarded up windows 
The hustlers and thieves 
While my brother's down on his knees 

My city of ruins 
My city of ruins 

Come on rise up! 
Come on rise up! 
Now there's tears on the pillow 
darling where we slept 
and you took my heart when you left 
without your sweet kiss 
my soul is lost, my friend 
Now tell me how do I begin again? 

My city's in ruins 
My city's in ruins 

Come on rise up! 
Come on rise up! 
Rise up"

Go here to find out where you can watch on TV or online. If you feel like donating to the cause, all proceeds go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund. 

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