Posted in music on December 13, 2012

by Andrew Sacher

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The 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden went down last night and aired on multiple TV channels, websites, and in theaters worldwide. The concert featured performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Roger Waters (joined by Eddie Vedder), Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Chris Martin (joined by Michael Stipe), and Paul McCartney (joined by members of Nirvana). And in between there were speeches/appearances by Billy Crystal, John Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, P. Diddy, Chris Rock, and many more, spliced with footage of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. (The less said about Adam Sandler's "funny" version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Paul Shaffer the better.) As was to be expected, the sets were short (though some longer than others) but it still ran late, ending after 1 AM. If you missed any of it, videos of some of the highlights are in this post.

Bruce Springsteen opened the show, getting everyone into the spirit of the night right away. Of all the sets, his choice of songs felt the most catered to the event ("Land of Hope and Dreams," "Wrecking Ball, "My City of Ruins," and of course also "Born to Run") and halfway in he prefaced "My City of Ruins" with a touching, personal speech about the damage done to the NY/NJ area, similar to the one he gave in Rochester in October.

Other highlights from throughout the show: Roger Waters ended his set by bringing out Eddie Vedder to sing lead on "Comfortably Numb." The Rolling Stones only got to play two songs ("You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash") but still looked like they were having a great time. The Who, meanwhile, played seven songs. Then Kanye delivered a set which sent much of the twitterverse into an angry fit, though you have to wonder if this would have happened at a non-classic rock show (probably not). And of course, it was a pretty great surprise when Chris Martin brought out R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe to do "Losing My Religion."

But the most anticipated part of the night was that Nirvana reunion with Paul McCartney on vocals that everyone was talking about. Paul ended up bringing Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear out during his set to perform a new song they wrote, titled "Cut Me Some Slack," and then they left the stage and Paul returned to his own material. It would've been interesting to see those guys jam with Paul during "Helter Skelter" (which he opened with) or something, but at least Paul didn't sing "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Videos and setlist from last night are below...

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Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear - "Cut Me Some Slack"

Dave and Krist talking about working with Paul

Kanye West full set

The Who full set

The Rolling Stones full set

Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder - "Comfortably Numb"

Bruce Springsteen full set

Chris Martin and Michael Stipe - "Losing My Religion"

12/12/12 Concert at MSG Setlist:

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Land of Hope and Dreams
Wrecking Ball
My City in Ruins/Working on a Building/Jersey Girl
Born to Run with Jon Bon Jovi

Roger Waters
In The Flesh
Another Brick in the Wall
Money
Us and Them
Comfortably Numb with Eddie Vedder

Bon Jovi
It's My Life
Wanted Dead or Alive
Who Says You Can't Go Home with Bruce Springsteen
Living on a Prayer

Eric Clapton
Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out
Got to get Better in a Little While
Crossroads

Rolling Stones
You Got Me Rocking
Jumpin Jack Flash

Alicia Keys
Brand New Me
No One

The Who
Who are You
Bellboy
Pinball Wizard/See Me, Feel Me
Baba O'Riley
Love Reign O'er Me
Tea & Theatre

Kanye West
Clique
Mercy
Power
Jesus Walks
Run This Town
Diamonds From Sierra Leone
Touch the Sky
Gold Digger
Good Life
Runaway
Stronger

Billy Joel
Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
New York State of Mind
River of Dreams
You May Be Right
Only the Good Die Young

Chris Martin
Viva la Vida
Losing My Religion with Michael Stipe
Us Against The World

Paul McCartney
Helter Skelter
Let Me Roll It
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five
My Valentine with Diana Krall
Blackbird
Cut Me Some Slack with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear
I Got a Feeling
Live and Let Die

Encore:
Alicia Keys
Empire State of Mind

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Comments (158)

Cliff Burtons Ghost

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:01 AM

Ha Great Stones tickets dropping for tonights Pru show...Pulled 2nd row! Still can't pull the trigger at $813 a ticket

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:03 AM

BILLY FUCKING JOEL

Posted by Atilla | December 13, 2012 10:06 AM

Had to Google Chris Martin while watching this. Nirvana 'reunion' - most-hyped anything of 2012?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:08 AM

It was a little strange watching the celebrities on the phones talk about the damage done to their own property... would my money be going to them?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:10 AM

Wouldn't a real Nirvana reunion have required 2 more bullets?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:11 AM

Due to the unusually high level of star power on the bill, I almost forgot that these types of events are always terrible.

Now I remember.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:11 AM

Keith Richards looks like an old muppet.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:12 AM

For a corporate over the top spectacle I thought it was pretty well done. Wish Kurt could have jammed with John Lennon. I want to know what that would have sounded like, but they're dead.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:13 AM

Crowd was old, white, square. Roger Waters' set was surprisingly good, and Pete Townshend can still play. Kanye was awright. The rest was sad to boring.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:13 AM

Billy Joel and The Who had the sets of the night. stones were embarrassingly short. They had to get their arms twisted just to show up, shouldnt be surprised.

The Paul song with Nirvana was pretty good. kind of a sloppy event that took awhile to get good, plus a nearly 6 hour show on a Wednesday? Couldn't swing a Saturday?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:14 AM

The Whitest of White

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:14 AM

Who, Roger Waters, and Billy Joel kicked total ass

For The Who You're missing Love, Reign O'er Me, and Pinball Wizard and See Me Feel Me/Listening to you are separate songs

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:15 AM

Gilmour should have showed up to play with Waters.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:17 AM

10:17 I wish. Much prefer Gilmour to Waters

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:17 AM

Roger Waters setlist is missing the opening song: In The Flesh

Posted by BF | December 13, 2012 10:18 AM

too bad hurricane sandy was not around to get rid of these performers once and for all

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:19 AM

was the minimum age to play 60?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:21 AM

^Wow Alicia looks great for 60!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:26 AM

Love David Gilmour but David Kilminster did a very nice job playing his parts last night.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:27 AM

- The Stones phoned it in from a tin can on Mars

- Kanye was completely out of place and totally killed the show's momentum

- The Who Killed it

- Clapton & Joel were great

- McCartney almost choked to death on the smoke from the ridiculous amount of pyro at the end

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:28 AM

Biggest cocaine money laundering scheme since Live Aid.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:28 AM

billy joel hasn't released an album since 1993.

and how PATHETIC that waters and the who can only play songs of theirs 30-40 yrs old because that's the last relevant music they made. and then kanye opens with his two newest hits and the white riots start.

and that keith moon tribute was just about the worst thing i've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:31 AM

It made me so happy to see Dave Grohl beating the shit out of a drum kit last night, if even for only about 6 minutes.

Posted by Funderburgh | December 13, 2012 10:35 AM

10:31, your panties so bunched.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:36 AM

The Who once again owned this sort of event.
Townshend and Daltrey were as usual all heart and passion.
(Brian William's referred to them as Keith Moon and Roger Daltrey....idiot.) Good that they threw in some Quadrophenia and didn't just repeat their 2001 benefit set.
Billy Joel, yes, he was impressive last night.
The Nirvana and Paul song....eh. Whatever.
His own band sounded better. But he should stop trying to look like "young Paul". Lose the hair coloring.

where was Bono?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:36 AM

Roger Waters blew and anyone saying otherwise is either a die hard fan who can't face the truth or a family member. Eddie Vedder at least made the last song worth listening to. They should have had EV do songs on his own- the crowd would have appreciated it more.

Posted by Venkman | December 13, 2012 10:37 AM

Paul McCartney's set was great. A nice come back from the Olympics' disaster.
I don't get the point of the "nirvana" thing tho. It's probably just another of these Dave Grohl's weird fantasies. Pat Smear showed up for the free beers and tacos.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:38 AM

Yeah Bono's absence was odd

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:39 AM

Good idea for Paul to open with the song that inspired Manson's murderous rampage.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:41 AM

-Jagger killed it, Keith was asleep
-Townshend is an animal; 'HAVE A FUCKING BEER!'
-Kanye was god-awful. I love him, and it was almost awesome seeing him perform that badly/awkwardly.
-Roger Waters was eh.
-Clapton is such a cool old guy
-WHERE THE HELL WAS JAY-Z LAST NIGHT?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:41 AM

The last song of The Who's set was from the Endless Wire album which was released in 2006.

Just saying.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:43 AM

The Who were the best last night.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:44 AM

I wanted more Vedder.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:44 AM

Alicia Keys keeps getting better looking.

Billy Joel was fantastic. His more story like songs are better for this type of event.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:44 AM

It's not the Who without Keith Moon and John Entwhistle and it never will be.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:47 AM

@10:41

My theory is that Jay-Z was asked, but declined since he has his own arena now and this show didn't take place there. So Kanye was the second choice and totally embarrassed himself.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:48 AM

Great to hear sir paul introduce Pat Smear !
Kanye embarassed himself in his pleated leather skirt.
The Who were great , pete townsends brother simon plays lead on quite a few of his solos now , including last night.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:49 AM

Pete was amazing, the Who stole the show as they did in Rock and Roll Circus (ha)...Bell Boy though..? Couldn't the sensors figure out how to bleep people in a timely manner? I heard several "Fucks" throughout the night, not that I minded. Why Kanye at all? Stones two songs was one too many.."you got me rocking"? hope I don't hear that on Saturday..Waters was a downer...Alicia Keys is nice to look at..

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:50 AM

the who blows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:53 AM

wanted Vedder to do more songs, could have done without Roger Waters and kanye

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:54 AM

@1048 i really hope that's not true, because that makes him seem like a huge douche.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:54 AM

why do you really hope that's not true? would that revelation really affect your life?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:58 AM

Why didn't Jay-Z play with Kanye? He's actually from NY

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:59 AM

@10:47 as a long time Who fan, I want to agree, but to say that Pete and Roger don't put on an excellent show would be wrong. Guys still put on one of the best rock shows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:59 AM

sure, they do put on a good show, i'm not denying that. but stop calling it THE WHO!

I saw them in 2001 at MSG when Entwistle was still alive, and Zak Starkey was on drums. Even that felt a bit off, but it was a great performance. They're just so far removed from the genuine Who sound at this point, they really need to drop the "Who" banner.

Posted by 10:47 | December 13, 2012 11:03 AM

@1058 it would affect my view of him as a person, which is a part of my worldview i suppose, so yes, it would affect my life i guess. go fuck yourself.

really though, everyone in a 100-mile radius told their agents/managers and radius clause contracts to go fuck themselves (*cough* ROLLING STONES *cough*) so they could pitch in for this thing, and he didn't. and this is apparently his 'backyard' so i want a legitimate reason as to why he wasn't there.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:03 AM

$48,000 for all that blah blah blah blah list of musicians (with an exception or two) that simply blow now.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:04 AM

the who can call themselves anything they want....the other two are dead. and they still outclassed everyone else save for (surprisingly) Billy Joel (good for him. not a huge fan, but have to hand it to him - excellent performance.)
they sounded more like the Who than four Stones sounding like the Stones.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:10 AM

i would have forgiven them if they played armenia city in the sky

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:13 AM

Springsteen did a subtly nice job too. don't forget Bruce.

let's get Ringo to front an Alice In Chains reunion new song now.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:13 AM

Billy Joel is for moms.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:29 AM

Bruce suffered from poor song selection. No one wants to hear two new songs at an event like this. And if he HAD to do a new song, it shouldve been We Take Care of Our Own and no others. Wouldve been more fitting.

My City of Ruins will always be associated with 9/11 because thats when he wrote the song. It just feels like Candle in the Wind now, rehashing it for another tragedy.

And the one good song he did play, Born to Run, was ruined by stupid Jon Bon Jovi and his turtleneck. He didnt gel well with the song at all.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:31 AM

Alicia keys ass is HUGE, took up the whole piano bench!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:32 AM

E Street band shouldn't have played the same exact sax solo as Clarence's. That solo belonged to the big man.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:43 AM

bad song selection from Bruce, Paul and the Stones. Bon Jovi at least played the right songs too bad he suxs. Mr. West didn't belong there although I love he did the Crimson sample.

Billy Joel at least has the correct songs to play. Waters should have done Wish You Where Here.

Alicia Keys sounded awful for the last song.

The Who were great.
Martin/Stipe seemed rushed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:45 AM

how much did people have to pay to go to that?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:45 AM

cobain loved the beatles, but he also would've spat at the idea of the smiley beatle fronting nirvana. i mean, for fuck's sake.

"hey kurt! we're gonna chuck black francis from pixies and replace him with paul mccartney."
"i love the beatles but YOU MAKE ME WANT TO KILL MYSELF."
really, the only fitting vocalist for a 'reunited nirvana' would be courtney love, as fucked as that sounds. she has the vocal texture, and could hit the notes. and they would destroy hole songs as well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:47 AM

What's next Tony Bennentt fronting the Doors?!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:50 AM

I just can't stand Kanye West. I hate his music. His flow is wack. He seems like a dick. Can somebody explain what is so great about him?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:59 AM

Kanye + leather kilt = BLAXL ROSE

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:59 AM

$25k a ticket for gentry on the floor. Only the cost of a moderate home equity loan for the rest.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:02 PM

Springsteen wrote and performed My City of Ruins pre-9/11 as a tribute to the resurgence of Asbury Park. Post 9/11 it took on a different meaning for some people, but sadly now it has meaning for Asbury again. You need to listen to the story Bruce told about it last night. Wrecking Ball and Land of Hope and Dreams were both more appropriate to play than Born To Run. Although it's his most popular song, it refers to NJ as a "death trap" and describes his desire to get out of there as fast as he can. Idiots were petitioning to make it the state song at one point.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:06 PM

Billy Joel was the only act that really impressed me last night. The dude was the most washed up musician there but he surprised everyone. I thought he'd be on stage drunk, out of tune and solo...but he had a stellar band that blew everybody else out of the water.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:08 PM

Keith Moon projection/Tupac Hologram 2013 tour!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:10 PM

No one gives a shit about Wrecking Ball. What's next, Rocky Ground? Ha, fucking laughable.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:11 PM

Where was BONO? Oh yea, it's to help the United States and not some third word country - so who cares...

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:12 PM

Neil Young sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:28 PM

I'm surprised everyone here's so positive on The Who. Roger Daltrey has no pitch, his range is shot and he now looks like Tom Jones. Of all the songs they can play these days, 'Love Reign O'er Me' should be last on the list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:30 PM

Of all the senior citizens that performed last night, Keith Moon's voice has held up the best

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:31 PM

Billy Joel's band sounded like something you would hear at a Ramada Inn cocktail lounge outside Alberquerque circa 1982. Professional, but no heart or passion as compared to Bruce, The Who or McCartney.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:32 PM

it was Who-miliation last night. even lamer than their Super Bowl meltdown a couple of years ago...they just looked like a couple of punch-drunk Gabor sisters out there. Sad.

Roger Waters can get away with that shit in his solo tours, because people are paying to see him personally. But he can't sing those Pink Floyd songs any more and he looked like a cheerleader.

top geezers last night: 1. Jagger 2. McCartney 3. Joel 4. Clapton 5. Springsteen.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:39 PM

Roger Warters with Eddie Vedder was AMAZING.

Clearly the highlight of the entire show. Thanks for posting that Video!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:44 PM

Congrats to Bono for showing some restraint and not showing up. Also, Billy Joel was tops and needs to write new songs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:50 PM

you gotta really hate Pink Floyd to enjoy what Roger Waters did to those songs. the guy singing the Gilmour vocals was a disgrace.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:56 PM

No Grimes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 12:57 PM

Kanye sucked so incredibly bad.
Kanye sucked so incredibly bad.
Kanye sucked so incredibly bad.

I was actually slightly embarrassed watching that no talent bafoon stomp around the stage like he was "intense" and "crazy".

His live performances are always awful. He should be fired.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 1:00 PM

I'm gonna be the one person to say if ANYONE was going to replace Kurt, a living beatle was probably the best way to go. And it was for a one-off benefit, not some typical cash-in "reunion." An actual Nirvana song would have been nice (why can I totally see Paul singing Sappy?) but I think (conjecture alert) Kurt would have been happy to see them playing together again, especially with Pat, which was such a nice touch.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 1:00 PM

who is boning michael stipe?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 1:07 PM

Who's boning you?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 1:53 PM

^ not sure if this is relevant, but I boned both of your girlfriends last night.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 1:58 PM

Paul Mcartney did great version of Blackbird.
I felt that was his best performance... What do the rest of you think?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:00 PM

The only blooches there last night were Kanye and the ones working the concession stands

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:00 PM

Surprisingly I thought Joel and Clapton were the best last night and I don't normally care for either of them. Pete Townshend gave it his usual flair and commitment, but Daltrey sounds like his voice is just about gone for good. The Stones were flabby and almost confused looking, Springsteen was his usual self, and the less said about Bon Jovi, Kanye West and Alicia Keys' improvising the better.

But the real winner last night was David Gilmour: Roger Waters needed 4 guys to cover his parts including vocals, and it still didn't quite make it. I guess now we know which one is really Pink!

Posted by TuraLura | December 13, 2012 2:11 PM

McCartney opens with a Motley Crue cover and ends with a Guns-n-Roses cover, way to salute 80's hair metal!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:14 PM

Where is Ringo?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:20 PM

Kayne sucks. It was more painful looking at him then it was close up shots of Dalterys huge scar.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:22 PM

How the fuck does Kanye have a bigger set list?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:24 PM

2:14 - Thanks Eddie Trunk, for your contribution to BV.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:26 PM

1:58..yikes I haven't had a girlfriend in 8 years because I'm married..sorry you got stuck with my Ex! Watch out for the...nevermind you will find it out..

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:26 PM

Pat Smear is humanities cure for depression. he has a permanent smile.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:28 PM

Kanye is one big effing douche.
1) He was supposed to get a 10 minute set, but behind the scenes bitched his way into a 30 minute set. Even the Stones didn't play for 30 mins. Douche.
2) This is not his audience. Old, white, rich people are not his fanbase. Therefore, he should put in extra effort to entertain people. Jay Z engages the audience when he performs, why can't Kanye? Kanye says nothing to the audience except for the occasional 'put your hands in the air'. Douche.
3) Nice skirt. Douche.
4) He does his stupid songs about golddiggers, douchebags and assholes. Douche.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:31 PM

BTW, great to see Billy Joel getting props here. He may not be considered "cool", but he's undeniably a great songwriter, and he showed class and professionalism last night. His voice and his band sounded great. The choice of songs and his interaction with the audience were perfect for this type of event.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:38 PM

Kanye West was awful. I can't say that I was surprised. For the life of me I don't get what people see in him. Billy Joel was good but anyone would have seen great after that!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:50 PM

@231 where are you even getting your information?

Stones were slated for 15 minutes and only played 7 minutes. Kanye was slated for 45 minutes and played just about that. Same with the Who. This information came directly from the one-sheets given to press at the event, and were probably available to the public as well in the form of some sort of brochure.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:50 PM

Kanye was really, really, really bad last night. That being said, he is usually an incredible performer. Something has changed lately (he was better, but still bad, at the Samsung event in October when I first noticed his new half-assed stage show).

Kim is making him soft and complacent.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:54 PM

No one ever planned on giving Kanye 45 minutes. And he didn't perform for 45 minutes... it was more like 25 minutes. The sheets I saw had him performing from 10:36pm to 10:46pm.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 2:58 PM

Kanye was such a buzz kill to the show.
In a few years he will be forgotten.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:06 PM

Put your cellphones in the air!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:12 PM

Kanye was trying to do a "rock" thing and failed horribly. The Who and Roger Walters were trying to do a "Glee" thing and succeeded, unfortunately.

those sets were the only real musical disasters, plus Alicia Keyes, who's already a has-been. Billy Joel seems like a smart guy. Sat down, didn't dance, kept it moving.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:13 PM

Billy Joel is music for dentist waiting rooms and moms with minivans.
During his performance I muted the television and played Lust for Life by iggy pop.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:17 PM

Kanye came off as more of a ridiculous asshole than the geriatric nostalgia acts. That's not exactly easy to do. Dude tries so hard and always fails.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:17 PM

3:17, Gee you're cool. Can I be your friend?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:27 PM

3:17 is that the only Iggy song you know?

FAIL!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:27 PM

2:50 - All press sheets I saw had Kanye listed as scheduled from 10:36 to 10:46. It appears that you are talking out of your ass too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:28 PM

3:17(1) - that may be true about Billy (re: dentist office music), but I wish I could just collect one year's royalties off of his songwriting. Just The Way You Are and New York State of Mind alone probably generate serious music publishing cash.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:30 PM

Lust For Life????? LOLOLOLOLOLOL - did you play it on your kazoo, little boy?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:36 PM

2:54 - that performance probably would have been fine in a different context. In front of a bunch of 50 year old, rich white men at a charity event, it doesn't make sense.
He had to cover that entire stage himself. No background singers, hype men, dancers, etc. And barely any interaction with the audience other than a couple of "put your hands in the air" gestures. That type of performance requires that he is performing in front an audience that compromises of mostly fans who know his lyrics and sing along. Otherwise, it falls flat.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:39 PM

3:17, did you follow that up with Blitzkreig Bop by the Ramones, and Rock The Casbah by The Clash? What did you think of Teenage Wasteland by The Who, too?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:43 PM

Kanye just lost his shot at the Superbowl. #fail

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:44 PM

Alicia Keys is pretty, sings well and is a decent pianist but she just doesn't seem to have the songs or the charisma. I'll be happy if I never hear that NY song ever again. Thank God Jay-Z didn't show up. They could have used more younger bands although I can't really think of any that would have fit. The Black Keys maybe?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:48 PM

It is too bad that Michael Stipe & Chris Martin didn't do the perfect R.E.M. song for the occasion-Leaving New York.And yeah-Billy Joel was great (Loved "You May Be Right").

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:55 PM

anon 2:54 "That being said, he (Kanye) is usually an incredible performer." You need to get out more. Does he usually do his own songs? If so there is no way he could ever be "incredible"! His music is garbage. I saw him once on Sat Nite Live and he was a joke. We were laughing at him. So over the top and cliched. He was the funniest part of the show!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 3:56 PM

Kanye's records are great, but it doesn't translate to the stage. Especially in front of an arena full of people about 45 years outside his demographic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 4:05 PM

Geez. I had no idea so many moms with minivans read BV!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 4:06 PM

I thought that the much-hyped teaming of Sir Chickenface with Novana was incredibly boring.We all know that Dave Grohlfeld loves to suck the old balls of classic rockers,but what is the point if you reunite only to sound like Sir Chickenface's backup band?What would have been incredible is Nirvana doing a Nirvana song like "All Apologies" with a singer that Cobain was friends with/admired and wanted to be in the end-Michael Stipe.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 4:18 PM

E.C. was great on the guitar last night. I don't understand why Eric Clapton was overlooked. He can still play and doesn't feel the need to strut or undress like he is a teenager. And he chose classic songs.

Posted by Anon | December 13, 2012 4:36 PM

4:36, because as great as EC was, he was boringggg. Vanillaaaaaaaaaa.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 4:41 PM

Billy Joel put everyone else to shame. Especially Kanye.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 5:21 PM

Billy Joel reminded me of waiting to have my teeth cleaned while reading people magazine.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 5:24 PM

3:39 West sucked because of his songs, delivery, dopey outfit, lack of a band/taped music & dueting with other singers who were not even there. Yes it was an older, white crowd but music is music. I'm no Jay-Z fan but I'm sure he could have easily rocked that crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 5:24 PM

Kanye's Glow in the Dark Tour and Watch the Throne/MBDTF shows were really great. Everything since then has been eh, granted they were mostly corporate events or things like this.

He should've left out all the GOOD music tracks because 0% of the audience knew those. At least start with a song that people recognize.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 5:34 PM

'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' was an incredible album. Absolutely incredible. Everyone in the world with an open mind agrees.

My real question: do you like any famous, popular black artist creating new music right now? I mean an arena artist, not Gary Clark Jr. Because if not, that probably says something about your world view (i.e. that you prefer your black musicians to be playing small venues, and to be underpaid/undervalued because of the romanticism of it all). Really, think about that.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 5:39 PM

The Who was terrible last night. What is wrong with you people? Don't you have ears?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 6:12 PM

4:36, because as great as EC was, he was boringggg. Vanillaaaaaaaaaa.

Yeah great songs being played by great musicians is so "boringggg"! His rhythm section alone were amazing. I know things like that go over the heads of most of the people who post on this site.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 6:23 PM

12:44 PM-The budding bromance between Roger Waters & Eddie Vedder is cute.Never heard Roger gush about someone so much to the press after and even kissed Eddie (hope RW and EV don't become a couple or Eddie's wife may have to go back to modeling in her underwear again).

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 6:28 PM

"My real question: do you like any famous, popular black artist creating new music right now? I mean an arena artist, not Gary Clark Jr. Because if not, that probably says something about your world view (i.e. that you prefer your black musicians to be playing small venues, and to be underpaid/undervalued because of the romanticism of it all). Really, think about that."

WTF are you asking exactly? Booker T Jones, Robert Cray, Keb'Mo', TajMahal, Buddy Guy. Saw them all is small theaters because why again? World view?

Posted by michaelrlev | December 13, 2012 6:37 PM

Yes. Sharon Jones and The dap kings could have blown and CAN blow the roof off an arena.

They would have wiped the mat with Kayne West.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 6:37 PM

Living in New York and witnessing sandy first hand, this concert became an even more special event for me. It was great seeing Fundraising at such a large scale! it was great! (minus Kanye)<--BOO to that kid.

Posted by Zachary | December 13, 2012 6:39 PM

5:39 If you mean Minaj, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Kanye, Jay-Z? Well then no. I can't get into any of them. Who did I leave out? "Everyone in the world with an open mind agrees." Not at all true. I know plenty of people who love hip hop who can't stand the guy. I grew up on hip hop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, soul, r&b etc... Most of today's huge black artists seem to be in it for the money - not for the music. Going on stage looking like an idiot, using backing tracks and vocals when everyone else is playing live was is not my idea of entertainment. But hey, it was a benefit. At least he participated. As for Gary Clark Jr, he is an actual musician and probably will be playing arenas one of these days.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 6:44 PM

It would be cool if Billy Joel made his lyric "We held a concert out in Brooklyn" reality and play the Barclays Center for 20 shows.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 8:24 PM

"WTF are you asking exactly? Booker T Jones, Robert Cray, Keb'Mo', TajMahal, Buddy Guy. Saw them all is small theaters because why again? World view?"

Not only did you completely misread the guy's (girl's?) point, but you re-enforced it.

What about of arena artist did you not understand?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 8:31 PM

Kanye= unhip hop

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 9:25 PM

Ok then... Im ni rascist, but sue me cuz I cannot think of a decent & current black "arena" artist.
And my world view is one in which I do not like shitty music.

Take these comments and deposit them in the bank buster.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 9:26 PM

Where was Bono?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 9:38 PM

The Who were full of heart and soul, and put on a decent set.
Billy Joel, regardless of people's varying taste (welcome to it) was
as many people say, a big surprise in his focus, presence and musicality.
Daltrey was actually in good voice (for today and his age), but he needs to stop baring his chest - high def. scar was not pleasant to look at, certainly not sexy.
And McCartney - who doesn't love Paul (people who don't love Paul), but dude, lose the hair dye and get a good cut. He looked like an old woman who needs to lose the hair dye and get a good cut.
Novoselic looks like Andrew Sullivan's taller lover.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 9:57 PM

The only black arena artists I can think of that would have torn the house down are not "current". Prince would have blown everyone off the stage. And Stevie Wonder would have rocked it too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:39 PM

remember when not everybody was a fucking judge on American Idol? None of these people give a shit what any of us think.. THEY ARE HUGE STARS!
Also, yes, why doesn't Prince do these things?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:49 PM

Prince does what he wants, when he wants.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 10:58 PM

his shows remain great, but when is the last time Prince had anything new or compelling to say on record? has he had a genuinely good album since Diamonds and Pearls? That was 20 years ago.
Then again, the Stones last put out a great album 31 years ago, the Who last put out a great album 34 years ago, etc.
The last great Paul album....open to debate.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 11:43 PM

9:57 Billy Joel's musicality did not surprise me. He has a reputation for being a great live act. I'm just surprised at how great his voice still sounds despite his age and physical condition.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 1:23 AM

11:43. The Gold Experience and Emancipation were decent records. Still almost 20 years ago, though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 1:28 AM

Billy Joel is music for dentist waiting rooms and moms with minivans.
During his performance I muted the television and played Lust for Life by iggy pop.

2012 3:17 PM

That about sums up Billy Joel.
So really hope this money will go to build new homes for people in Staten Island and Long Island to name a few areas still hurting tremendously.

Yes Sharon Jones could have been there since shes very talented & it would have been well received by the audience.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 2:56 AM

This would have been the concert of a lifetime

in 1978

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 8:41 AM

8:41 - for a lot of people (maybe not your age) this WAS the concert of a lifetime now. People paid tens of thousands per ticket to be up close to this, so I assume that musically, it meant something to someone...

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 9:00 AM

..but to your point, all of those bands were ridiculous live acts back then when they were still somewhat young.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 9:03 AM

2:56 - Sharon Jones would have been great, but she doesn't sell tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 9:04 AM

Yeah, SJDK is great, but would anyone in the room have known who she was? Would they have just assumed they were some forgotten soul act from the '60s?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 10:47 AM

5:39, you sound like a white guilt-ridden, groveling, sniveling little weasel who probably feels the need to say how "not racist" you are any time you cross paths with a black person (which in your sheltered life is probably close to never). Go fuck yourself.

The romanticism of only enjoying underpaid/undervalued black artists? Tell us more about "that black friend" you have, and then jump off the GWB, please. What does it matter if someone likes a black artist who only plays small clubs? Good music is good music. I don't care if it's an arena act or small act. The self-righteousness douchebaggery of your post has topped all other ignorant posts I've ever seen on BV.

It's not a fan's fault if their favorite artists aren't playing arenas.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 12:01 PM

5:39, you sound like a white guilt-ridden, groveling, sniveling little weasel who feels the need to say how "not racist" you are whenever you encounter a black person (which in your sheltered little world probably means close to never). Go fuck yourself.

The romanticism of liking underpaid/undervalued black artists who dont play arenas? Hmm. Well that takes the cake for the most ignorant post I've seen on BV, due to the self-righteous douchebaggery of its author. Please tell us more about "that black friend" of yours, and then jump off the GWB.

Why should it be a fan's fault if an artist they like doesnt play arenas? Good music is good music. I don't care what the venue is. I cant help that Gary Clark Jr. plays Bowery Ballroom instead of Barclays. I cant help that Buddy Guy plays B.B. King's and not the fuckin Meadowlands. Go back to your bubble, little boy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 12:04 PM

Much of the music from current 'arena-sized' artists, black, white, purple, etc is garbage. This is not a black/white thing.
You'll also notice that there were no 'current' white artists at this event either. (I don't count Chris Martin or Eddie Vedder or remaining members of Nirvana as 'current').

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 12:31 PM

Well stated, 12:04.
I can't think of many arena sized artists (black or otherwise) that are current that I like at all. 99% of them are hype over substance. Celebrity over actual talent or art.
My world view is fine. In fact, more people should have my world view. If we all had my world view, shitty "artists" wouldn't be playing the big arenas that they are, and talented artists/musicians who actually know how to write a song would be.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 1:07 PM

But even great artists can succumb to the frailty of the human body, like laryngitis :(

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 1:13 PM

I often times dream of an arena sized container of Sabra.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 2:28 PM

ACRES AND ACRES OF SABRA !

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 2:31 PM

Don't want to glorify Sandy in anyway but often out of trajedy comes triumph-this concert was simply brilliant and we'll never see anything like it again. In many ways it topped all your classic historic rock festivals. Really enjoyed it but that will nver happen again. The only rotten apple was that no talent ass (with no stage design) and the black skirt. Who is this clod??! Never heard of him. And Ms. Keys-she held her own up against all that history-one of the best performances of the nite.

Posted by jelly belly | December 17, 2012 3:03 PM

i may like Scalper Troll best of all the BV comment memes i'm forced to endure. but that's not really saying much.

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I miss nirvana.

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