Crews are busy at Madison Square Garden loading in equipment and getting ready for Wednesday night's historic 12.12.12 concert for Sandy relief. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band will open up the 12.12.12 concert for Sandy relief Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, which begs the question: who will close it out, and will there be an all-star finale?
Event organizers promise plenty of surprises.
"We can tell you one thing, that Roger Waters has invited Eddie Vedder to sing on a very famous song," said John Sykes, the president of Clear Channel Entertainment. "And there will be some other duets. Chris Martin has invited "question mark" to sing with him. It may not be what you think, it may not be what you would naturally come to imagine, but Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl? That'll be interesting."
The possibilities seem endless, with New York State of Mind's Billy Joel and Empire State of Mind's Alicia Keys on the bill, plus Bon Jovi, Kanye West, The Rolling Stones and more. And as crews loaded in tons of equipment, NY1 was told the stars leave their egos at the door and do what they do best.
"After the heroes, the firefighters and police come in, the musicians come in and raise money," Sykes said.
The event has already raised more than $30 million for the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Organizers hope for much more.
"As much as we can raise," Sykes said. "Millions and millions. It's just the beginning of the billions that are needed to rebuild."
The goal, of course, is to raise as much money as possible, but organizers say the concert is also a reminder of the power of music.
"Music heals," said David Saltzman, the executive director of the Robin Hood Relief Fund. "In the most affected communities, movie theaters will be open for free so people can come together and watch this show."
For those who couldn't get a ticket to the sold-out concert, it will also be on television, on radio and online around the world. Springsteen kicks it off at 7:30 p.m.