Connect with us


Biggest Gig Since Live Aid – The Hurricane Sandy Benefit

The date of 12th December 2012 – or 12.12.12 – saw a flurry of people around the world rushing to get married given the unusual nature of the date. It was also the date chosen by the organisers of what was billed as the largest charity gig since Live Aid, the concert at Madison Square Gardens in New York to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, which hit much of New York, New Jersey and the eastern coast of the USA with high winds and flooding in late October.


Such a high profile event attracted some of the best known names in the world of rock and pop. Performers such as Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones all took their Marshall M15 CFX amps to New York and performed free of charge in order to raise funds. Although the line-up featured mainly older, established acts there were also appearances from Coldplay and Kanye West. One of the main areas of controversy was the news that Nirvana were to perform together for the first time in 18 years, with Paul McCartney helping out on vocals.


Demand to see such a stellar line-up in such an iconic venue was enormous, and tickets sold out instantly when they went on sale online. The initial selling price of the tickets ranged from $150 to $2,500, but as soon as the official tickets sold out they were changing hands for many times more on auction sites and the black market. The ticket sales alone raised $30 million towards the good causes being supported.


In the USA, the concert was a major television event, and it was streamed live on many major television stations. As most of Europe was asleep while the concert was happening, it was not such big news on our side of the pond. The money paid by the stations for the rights to show the concert has also boosted the money raised for the hurricane relief effort. Londoners who were up late had the chance to see the concert broadcast live on digital billboards in Piccadilly Circus, but even with the best Marshall M15 CFX technology, the sound quality was nothing compared with watching online or seeing it live.


The show kicked off with New Jersey hero Bruce Springsteen, and between acts there were video clips of showbiz stars such as Susan Sarandon, Adam Sandler, Billy Crystal and Katie Holmes. As is often the case with charity performances, there were many collaborations so audiences were treated to Jon Bon Jovi joining Springsteen on Born to Run and Chris Martin from Coldplay singing Losing My Religion with REM. Critical response to the concert was good, but it is hard to criticize an event raising funds for such a good cause. The final amount raised by the performers is yet to be confirmed, but is likely to run into several millions of dollars, which will help rebuilding the states and helping the residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Featured images:
  •  License: Creative Commons image source
  •  License: Creative Commons image source

Morag P writes on subjects as diverse as music and politics, for a large range of blogs and websites. You can find out more about Morag Peers on her Google+ page.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Posts

Business3 days ago

Why Is Quantity Surveying Essential in Construction Industry

Quantity surveying is an essential part of the Australian construction industry. It is the process of calculating and estimating the...

Home Improvement5 days ago

How to Maintain Upholstered Furniture

No matter if you have pets or kids, maintaining your upholstered furniture is quite a challenge. Even though vacuuming it...

Business1 week ago

How Do I Find a Good Developer?

Finding a good bubble developer to help build your app or digital product can seem challenging. How can you choose...

Home Improvement2 weeks ago

When is a right time for home repairs?

Summer is a popular time for a renovation around the globe. While it is true that bright days and warm...

Top Alteryx Competitors Top Alteryx Competitors
Tech4 weeks ago

Top 15 Alteryx Competitors

The world has seen a tremendous rise in startups and new incorporations in the business world. Companies have great potential...

Lifestyle1 month ago

Latest Wedding Trends for 2023

If you’re planning on getting married this year, chances are you’re probably overwhelmed and confused when it comes to wedding...

Lifestyle1 month ago

Tips To Make The Most Of Your City Break In London!

London is one of the best cities in the world, known for its quintessentially British culture, great nightlife, fantastic museums...

General1 month ago

The Ultimate Guide To Packing For A Trip To London

London is one of the best cities in the world, known for it’s rich history, quintessentially British culture, the best...

Tech2 months ago

Top 15 Web Development IDEs

The web development field has seen sustainable growth throughout the years. As technology is advancing, so is the web development...

devops devops
Tech2 months ago

12 Key DevOps Programming Languages to Still Popular in 2022

“DevOps is not a goal, but a never-ending process of continual improvement.” – Jez Humble Delivering the finest of services...

Entertainment2 months ago

Festival Fashion Style Tips For 2022

Summer is well and truly here and with that comes the festival season! From the biggest stars performing on stage...

Green & Energy2 months ago

4 Tips For Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

Everyone is trying to make more of an effort to make their wardrobe more sustainable, but often are unsure where...

General3 months ago

7 tips on how to organize a budget-friendly move

If you are planning a move any time soon, you might be worried about all the expenses that wait for...

Metal Roof Colors Metal Roof Colors
Home Improvement3 months ago

Metal Roof Colors: How to Select the Best Color for a New Roof

Choosing the right type of material for your roof is enough of a hassle already that the question of choosing...

Health3 months ago

Simple Ways To Feel More Confident At The Gym

If you are new to the gym, or you haven’t been in a while, sometimes you might not feel completely...