Bruce Springsteen To Sing For Sandy Victims

Bruce Springsteen To Sing For Sandy Victims

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi have added their names to a list of entertainers who will perform for a special television charity concert to aid victims of superstorm Sandy.

Springsteen and Bon Jovi are both natives of New Jersey and have often taken inspiration from their home state and used their star platform to highlight both its charms and challenges.

NBC said on Thursday that the commercial-free one-hour programme, Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, will include appearances by Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon.

The musical telethon was due to air on several American TV channels.

Sandy has killed more than 90 US victims and a further 69 were killed in the Caribbean before the storm gathered pace, devastating large areas.

Among other big television networks pledging help, The Walt Disney Company is donating \$2m (£1.25m) for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Meanwhile, Disney/ABC Television Group designated November 5 as a Day of Giving wherein viewers will be encouraged to donate to the Red Cross.

On Tuesday, Springsteen tweeted a picture of the legendary Stony Pony club in New Jersey, saying: "The Stone Pony stands proud despite hurricane Sandy."

The club has been associated with Springsteen since he performed there early in his career, and he continues to make appearances.

Bon Jovi cut short a promotional tour in the United Kingdom to rush back to his home state, where he established a charity restaurant several years ago.

"I really need to get back home having spoken to my wife and kids," he told the Daily Mail before flying out of London. "I need to be with my people. Thankfully, my family are safe.

"The devastation is off the charts."