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The lineup for tonight's 12-12-12 concert features Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, The Who, Kanye West, Dave Grohl, Bon Jovi and more.

One of the most prestigious pop music lineups ever assembled is slated to perform for a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert Wednesday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Called the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, the long-sold out benefit show features a lineup that includes Jersey Shore rock stalwarts Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which has distributed approximately $10.5 million in grants to more than 100 different Hurricane Sandy-related groups.

Springsteen and Bon Jovi are being joined by Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, the Who, Paul McCartney, and, as of just a few days ago, the Rolling Stones, who are in the midst of their abridged last-ever world tour.

Many of the participating musicians have recorded video testimonies, which can be viewed on the 12-12-12 website. Bon Jovi, who returned to New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy, shared his reaction to seeing the devastation first hand.

“There have been hurricanes. There have been storms. But I’ve never seen anything remotely close to what Hurricane Sandy was,” he said in the short benefit video. “When you see National Guard on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, your jaw drops.”

Springsteen’s testimonial describes the personality of the shore and its people. His conversation is made somber, unintentionally, perhaps, by his use of past tense to describe a shore and shore culture that may not return.

“To see it washed away was just very painful. The size of the destruction was shocking, and it took days and days to even understand the level of destruction that occurred along the Jersey Shore,” he said. “What makes a place that place is a fragile thing very often.”

The 12-12-12 benefit, presented by Chase, comes on the heels of a recent Sandy Relief telethon where Springsteen and Bon Jovi also performed that raised more than $20 million for the Red Cross.

According to the 12-12-12 website, Wednesday's concert at 7:30 p.m. will be accessible by 2 billion people throughout the world. In all, there will be 34 U.S. network and television feeds providing coverage in North and South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia. The show also will be aired on the radio and streamed live online by multiple web outlets, including AOL.

For a full list of websites, television stations, movie theaters and radio stations, click here.

Donations are being solicited online here. Cell phone users can also donated $10 to Sandy Relief by texting “ROBINHOOD” to 50555.

Jeannie December 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM
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Kathleen Conley December 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I would like to know how we able to utilize these monies. There are no numbers to call, and no one is giving out the info. I am waiting for the lottery in Fort Monmouth, but yet no info. on that. I need to find a place asap, and can not find any help. ( I had wonderful support from my school etc. while this whole thing was happening, but now I need a place to live while they tear down my apartment. I know I am not alone, but we need info.)
Sharyn Shields December 12, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Did you check the Robin Hood website? I have heard that they are the BEST charity as the funds they collect all goes to help the folks in need. How they decide who gets how much, I don't know.
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Kathleen, did you contact FEMA about your housing need? I would keep pursuing that because they now have mobile homes stored in Jackson that will be sent to different towns with housing needs.
marine0311 December 12, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Please look I to this organization before donating. Robinhood is Main focus is fighting in NYC. Yes, they have given out millions to all sorts of organization, but the vast majority are located in NY. They talk about the damage in coney island and the rockaways , not nj. Now the charity is well known in NY, so those organizations are familiar with robin hood and are the first to fill out a request. And they specifically donate the money to organizations who help those affected, but I have read so many articles saying how the money is going directly to the people. It says specifically the opposite, no money is given to an individual. I'm afraid NJ will not be getting the help those donating think, and after everyone donating to this, donations to other groups will lessen since people think this is going to us. Check out some of the details of who they donated to. The majority are in Ny and do not help the average person.
marine0311 December 12, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Sharon, the website says they will give money to organizations that will help people. During 9-11, thru gave out $ directly to people, but not for sandy. Their focus is to fight poverty in NYC and if you notice, many donations were given to homeless/poverty, even immigrant organizations. The average person in nj does not seem to be getting much in comparison. I am very disheartened by this. So many people taking money. Some of the little ones gave directly helped people, but all the huge charities taking in the big bucks just put it into programs over and over but it never seems to surface back to the people who need it.
marine0311 December 12, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Sharon. They specifically say they are not giving $ to individuals. That is what they did during 9-11. I see all this money but no one saying they got any of it.
TastyCakes December 12, 2012 at 07:07 PM
According to the Asbury Park Press today, 60% of all proceeds will go to New York charities and 40% will go to New Jersey. Robin Hood donates the money to charitable organizations, not individuals. The paper also listed some of the NJ charities Robin Hood has already donated to, such as the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean and local churches. Also, for Kathleen above, it was announced that the Fort Monmouth housing will be given to those who have registered with FEMA, not by lottery.
candy cane January 01, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Where is the list of organizations that the Robin Hood Foundation is funding so that people who are not receiving adequet funds from insurance companies, FEMA, and SBA due to no flood insurance? Ive seen links for Seaside, Lavalette, Point Pleasant, but nothing for elsewhere.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) January 01, 2013 at 10:00 PM
This is the list of their grantees, but not sure if it includes groups specifically benefiting from the 12.12.12. show: http://www.robinhood.org/programs This is the Sandy page prior to the concert, which also lists grantees: http://www.robinhood.org/rhsandy And here's a grant application: http://www.robinhood.org/applying-relief-grants
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