A year after Hurricane Sandy, many Jersey Shore residents and businesses remain in a state of flux. An Oct. 29 report on NBC’s “Today” underscored just how much more work is needed to restore the once-thriving waterfront area.
In league with Shore residents’ unflagging determination, fund-raising efforts continue. On the national front, there’s “12-12-12.” The documentary, which premiered Oct. 29 in Los Angeles, reveals the planning and organization involved in staging the Hurricane Sandy benefit concert. Its lineup included Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. All film proceeds go to the Robin Hood Sandy Relief Fund.
Speaking of the E Street Band, bassist Garry Tallent is among the host of New Jersey music community members who joined forces to launch another ongoing fund-raising campaign, “Restore the Shore.” The rock anthem-billed under the name Lisa Bouchelle & Friends-was penned by singer/songwriter Bouchelle and Bill Frankel. It sports such participants as musicians Bobby Bandiera (Bon Jovi), Jerry Gaskill (King’s X), Lorenza Ponce (Sheryl Crow) and John Popper (Blues Traveler), and singers Southside Johnny (the Asbury Jukes), Gary U.S. Bonds, Jay Siegal (the Tokens) and Glen Burtnik (Styx).
All the participants donated time and studio space, including engineer/mixer and fellow New Jersey resident Michael Barbiero (Guns ‘N Roses, Maroon 5). Released digitally this summer by INgrooves/Fontana, the track is available through iTunes and RestoreTheShoreSong.org. All proceeds benefit the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s wife, Mary Pat Christie. The release’s cover photo pictures what’s left of the iconic Seaside Heights boardwalk roller coaster.
“What happened was heart-wrenching,” Shore native Bouchelle says. “Jerry Gaskill is among the people who lost their homes, and a lot of clubs still haven’t reopened. We just wanted to do something to give back. Now, a year later, it’s important to continue raising awareness that a lot of people and businesses are still in need. ‘Restore the Shore’ is our battle cry.”