Alicia Keys, Kanye West and more step up to Sandy
Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast with serious force on October 30 and many in the region are still feeling the effects. The Associated Press reports more than 100 people have lost their lives in the wake of the storm while many others lost everything and now need to rebuild.
Countless celebrities have donated their time and money to helping the East Coast recover. MTV held a "Restore the Shore" Telethon featuring the cast of "The Jersey Shore," while NBC held a relief concert featuring big name stars like Mary J. Blige and Bruce Springsteen. Even though the event took place nearly a month ago, support for those affected by the storm has not waned.
BET reports the latest efforts come by way of a benefit concert "12-12-12" that is set to take place on that date in Madison Square Garden. The show is bringing together a who's-who of entertainers including Kanye West, Paul McCartney, the Who, Jon Bon Jovi and Roger Waters. Other A-list performers like Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel are onboard to show their support for the region.
"The response from the entertainment community to help those most affected by Hurricane Sandy has been nothing short of astounding," the Madison Square Garden Company, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and The Weinstein Company said in a joint statement regarding the concert, Reuters reports. "We expect to announce additional legendary performers in the near future and we are confident that the event will ensure those in need will not be forgotten, and vital aid will be directed to rebuilding our communities along the East Coast."
The continued support is necessary as it's been reported Superstorm Sandy caused an estimated $50 billion in damages. Donations from the concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which works to support various other organizations that help those hit the hardest.
Will you watch the concert? Have you been affected by Sandy?