WATCH: Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi Kick Off 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert With a Bang

Category: Entertainment / Dec 13, 2012 9:34AM EDT
The historic benefit concert "12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief" opened on Wednesday (December 12) in New York's Madison Square Garden bringing together an all-star line-up of stars. The concert is to aid the victims of hurricane Sandy that swept through the east coast of the United States in October, and organizers believe it will be the most widely distributed live musical event ever available to nearly 2 billion people in 190 countries via television, radio and the internet. Rock legends The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters all performed their hit songs in an effort to raise donations. Organizers said that they raised over $30 million (USD) in ticket sales, and expect to raise more during the concert. Donations raised from the one-night event concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which will provide money and materials to groups helping people hardest hit by the storm. More than 130 people were killed and thousands were left homeless as the storm tore through areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, causing an estimated $50 billion (USD) in damage. Other artists performing at the benefit concert are Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, among others.