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Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen set for Sandy victims benefit

Billy Joel's ?Piano Man? dominated the readers? vote

Billy Joel's “Piano Man” dominated the readers’ vote for last week’s installment of “100 Songs Every Long Islander Should Know.” The classic landed just short of the overall Top 5, though. (Credit: AP)

Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen are set to headline a star-studded telethon on NBC Friday night, benefiting the American Red Cross to raise funds and awareness for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The hour-long benefit, hosted by Matt Lauer, will air live from Rockefeller Center starting at 8 p.m. on NBC and its affiliated cable channels, including Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA. NBC will make the benefit available to other networks to air as well and will broadcast it on nbc.com. It will also be simulcast on Springsteen's E Street Radio on SiriusXM Radio.

Jon Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Sting and Jimmy Fallon are also expected to perform during the commercial-free fundraiser, with more performers expected to be announced Friday.

Both Hicksville native Joel and New Jersey native Springsteen have written extensively about their respective regions, including their destructions. Joel famously sung "I've seen the lights go out on Broadway" in what was supposed to be science fiction "Miami 2017," while Springsteen's recent album "Wrecking Ball" was inspired, in part, by the demolition of the former Giants Stadium.

The telethon allows their loyal fanbases to unite for a common goal to help rebuild the region. Springsteen has called his fans and Joel's fans two parts of the same tribe that got split up at the Hudson River. When Joel and Springsteen last performed together -- at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary in 2009 -- Springsteen jokingly called it the "Bridge and Tunnel Summit Meeting."

Here's what "New York State of Mind" sounded like from the duo:

Tags: Billy Joel , Bruce Springsteen , Sandy

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