The sold out "12-12-12" benefit show at Madison Square Garden last night raised more than $30 million for Hurricane Sandy relief in ticket sales and sponsorships alone, reports The Associated Press.
The six-hour show featured music legends, such as Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, The Who, and The Rolling Stones.
"This has got to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden," said Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones.
Many of the participating musicians who are not English, such as Springsteen, Joel, Bon Jovi, and Alicia Keys, grew up in New York or New Jersey where much of the devastation from Sandy occurred.
Comedians Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Stephen Colbert , and Adam Sandler were on hand to make folks laugh a little during such a serious cause.
The show reached more than two billion people via television, Internet, radio, and theater. Proceeds will go to the Robin Hood Foundation, which stressed the money will go directly to those who need assistance, reports CBS in the above video.
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