In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, NBC has announced a major benefit concert for the American Red Cross. The show will air on Friday, November 2, 2012, on NBC and all of the network's other stations, including USA, E! and Bravo. The concert is a great idea; other similar efforts after Hurricane Katrina and the 9/11 terror attacks raised countless amounts.
Expect performances during Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together by two high-profile New Jersey rockers: Bruce Springsteen (the Bard of NJ) and Jon Bon Jovi. Springsteen's performance, in particular, will likely be incredibly moving.
If I had to guess, I think that Bruce Springsteen will perform his iconic song "My City of Ruins" during the NBC Sandy benefit concert. This song, included on Springsteen's 2002 album The Rising, was his choice during the 9/11 telethon. I still get very emotional watching this video, and you'll see why:
This song is perfectly appropriate for the situation. Bruce Springsteen grew up and still lives near the New Jersey shore, which was absolutely pummeled by Sandy. It's only fitting that he's part of this Coming Together NBC special (which will also be streamed online at NBC.com).
Other performers for the big Hurricane Sandy NBC benefit show include New Yorker Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera and Sting. Again, the big thing here is that this is a benefit for the Red Cross. I can't say enough about the wonderful things the Red Cross does in times of disaster. I've seen it first-hand after Hurricane Katrina (which devastated my family's homes) and after a tornado in April 2012 destroyed whole parts of my hometown. You can't give to a better, more deserving charitable organization. The money will help the American Red Cross lend comfort and aid to those most affected by Sandy.
So come on, rise up!