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Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert
The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a Who's Who of some of rock's most iconic voices that will perform at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, including Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters, among others.
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The timing of the benefit concert could not have been better for the Stones, who are performing at the new Barclays Center on Dec. 8 and are set to rock New Jersey's Prudential Center on Dec. 13 and 15.
Previously announced artists include Kanye West, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Alicia Keys. The concert is being broadcast on approximately 40 U.S. TV networks, including CBS and HBO, and will be live-streamed on services including YouTube, Hulu and Fuse.
Today's announcement was made during a press event that included concert producers Jim Dolan of MSG, The Weinstein Group's Harvey Weinstein, Clear Channels John Sykes and the Robin Hood Foundation's David Saltzman. "We are proud to be able to say that this concert is already setting records, by securing near total distribution around the world," the organizers said in a joint statement. "The massive distribution means that the concert will be available to almost anyone on the planet with a television, a radio, a smartphone, tablet, computer or internet connected device."
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is providing money and materials to tri-state organizations helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy. To date, at least $30 million has been raised for the relief fund.
Tickets quickly sold out for the star-studded benefit, however there has been a proliferation of high markup resales on sites including StubHub, where one ticket was going for $60,000, according to the Wall Street Journal. On Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter to StubHub, TicketExchange, TicketsNow and TicketLiquidator asking to prohibit the resale of 12-12-12 tickets.
Saltzman called the scalping "despicable" and encouraged fans to watch at home if they did not have tickets, according to the concert's Twitter feed.
Weinstein announced that in addition to the music roster, many of Hollywood's biggest stars will be on hand to speak to attendees. The early lineup includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Susan Sarandon, Brian Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chelsea Clinton and Steve Buscemi.