New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately, people tend to band together in times like this…no pun intended.
Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Christina Aguilera have teamed up to perform a live benefit concert at NBC Studios to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy, tonight at 7p.m. (Or 8p.m., depending on where you look.) This concert will be paired with a telethon. Money raised from tonight will be donated to the American Red Cross in an attempt to provided shelter, food, and emotional support.
Some skeptics at Fox brought up an interesting point about tonight’s event being a last minute effort to rally Obama’s campaign:
“But with the Presidential election just days away, and the notion that a number of those in the lineup are outspoken Democrats – such as Springsteen, who recently endorsed Obama, and is scheduled to play at his final rally Monday night; Fallon, who has interviewed Obama on his late night show; and Billy Joel, who joined Springsteen to proudly endorse Obama in 2008, some critics have expressed concern that the telethon will become a politically-driven Obama rally.”
NBC isn’t alone in Sandy Relief. Linkin Park’s co-lead vocalist, Mike Shinoda, created Music for Relief. The website “…is artists, music industry professionals, and fans working together to create positive change. Our mission is to support disaster relief and reduce global warming.”
Music for Relief has been posting about Hurricane Sandy since October 30th. Shinoda has been stressing the impact of Sandy, and importance of donating.
Some artists expressed their concerns via twitter to help raise awareness.
Even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland felt the wrath of Sandy. Fortunately, the extent of the damage was only cosmetic.
For everyone affected by the Hurricane, please stay safe and hang in there. Rise Against, a popular American Alternative Rock band, released a song about the disaster in New Orleans last year. “Help is on the Way” seems to have new meaning this week.