Springsteen, McCartney to perform at concert for Sandy's victims

Reuters Middle East

NEW YORK, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Bruce Springsteen and the E

Street Band, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Jon Bon Jovi will

perform at a special "12.12.12" Concert for Sandy Relief at

Madison Square Garden next month, according to organizers.

The Who, Roger Waters, Billy Joel and Alicia Keys have also

signed up for the Dec. 12 event, which its producers said is

shaping up to be a showcase of rock royalty.

"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.

"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."

More than 130 people were killed when the superstorm

pummeled the east coast of the United States late last month.

Thousands more were left homeless as the storm tore through

areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, causing an

estimated $50 billion in damage.

Donations raised from the one-night event concert will go to

the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which will provide money and

materials to groups helping people hardest hit by the storm.

The organizers of the concert also produced the 9/11 benefit

"The Concert for New York City" in 2001, which raised more than

$30 million.

A concert and telethon on NBC earlier this month raised

almost $23 million for people affected by the storm.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and

Steve Orlofsky)

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