SAN DIEGO, December 10, 2012 – Wednesday’s Superstorm Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden in New York will be the most widely available live concert ever, according to producers.
“12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief” at the Garden will be available on television or online to some two billion people, said producer James Dolan. Thirty-four U.S. television networks have agreed to show the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday. The lineup is being led by HBO and Showtime, along with AMC, AXS TV, BIO, Bloomberg, CBS, Cooking Channel, Destination America, Discovery Fit & Health, ENCORE, EPIX, FX Movie Channel, FEARnet, Fuse, G4, Hallmark Movie Channel, HBO Latino, IFC, ION Television, Lifetime Real Women, Live Well Network, Military History, MSG, MSG Plus, MUNDOFOX, NJTV, Palladia, PlumTV, Smithsonian Channel, Sundance Channel, THIRTEEN, VH1 Classic, WEtv, Wealth TV and public broadcasting stations in New York and Philadelphia.
The show is being livestreamed by Hulu, Yahoo and AOL.
There is a strong international component as well, with a TV reach in Asia, Europe and Africa. The International roster includes: A&E International, American Forces Network, AXN, Belgacom, CyfrowyPolsat (Poland), Direct TV Brazil, Direct TV Latin America, Direct TV Pan Americana, Fox International Channels’ worldwide networks, lobosatMultishow, HBO Latin America, ITI Neovision, MGM Latino, Movie Networks Australia, 37 MTV Channels around the world, Numericable, RTL, SGT JAMBOX, Sky 1 (Italy), Sony Entertainment Television, SPIN, Sundance Channel Asia, Sundance Channel Europe, Telehit-Televisa, Telenet, VH1 Brasil, WE tv Asia and YES Drama.
Among the superstar acts scheduled to appear onstage are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder. The show is expected to last about four hours.
The concert is scheduled to end around 12 midnight EST but may go longer. Producers say they will not pull the plug if it runs over.
The concert lineup is “99 percent” set, according to concert producer John Sykes with ClearChannel Communications. ClearChannel’s radio stations have the radio broadcast rights. For a list of the stations broadcasting the concert live, click here.
Paul McCartney is the concert’s closing act, followed by a finale involving many artists. The concert itself is sold out; producers urged fans without tickets not to buy them from brokers or third parties as there are numerous counterfeit tickets.
Many actors and other personalities will introduce segments profiling storm victims, including Sean Combs, Brian Williams, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal, Chelsea Clinton, Adam Sandler, Seth Meyers and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Proceeds will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, an offshoot of the New York-based nonprofit Robin Hood Foundation, the largest independent poverty fighting organization in the New York area. The Robin Hood Foundation pledges that every cent raised by the Sandy concert will be distributed to groups helping the tens of thousands of storm victims in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
HBO has televised several concerts from Madison Square Garden in the past, including a benefit following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. For benefit shows and telethons, it is not uncommon for different networks to share TV rights.
Donate online at http://www.121212concert.org/ or text ROBINHOOD to 50555. Follow the concert on Twitter with the hashtag #121212Concert
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