Springsteen, more stars come together for NBC telethon Friday to help Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

FILE - This Aug. 14, 2012 file photo shows Bruce Springsteen performing at Fenway Park in Boston. NBC is holding a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the concert Friday, Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file)
FILE - This Aug. 14, 2012 file photo shows Bruce Springsteen performing at Fenway Park in Boston. NBC is holding a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the concert Friday, Nov. 2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file)AP

More and more this is becoming a common reaction to mass disasters. Something horrible happens and the stars come together to raise money with a telethon. It happened after 9/11, after Hurricane Katrina, after the Haiti earthquake. So naturally, Sandy begat “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together.” More details here.

Tune in Friday night at 8 for the telethon and concert on NBC, and a few other places, such as Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy, USA and it will be streamed live on NBC.com. Host Matt Lauer will welcome Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting, Christina Aguilera, and others to the Rockefeller Plaza studios. Money collected will go to the American Red Cross. If you’re wondering if these telethons actually succeed, the Katrina one raised $50 million for the Red Cross.

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