Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band and a star-studded cast united in a determined show of support for the victims of superstorm Sandy Friday night, focusing on themes of rebuilding and standing strong.
The benefit "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," held at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, raised funds for the American Red Cross to be used in area relief efforts. It was broadcast on NBC and its affiliated cable channels.
"We may not be able to rebuild their homes, we may not be able to give them electricity," said Jon Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central. "By donating money, we can give people hope that they've not been forgotten."
Joel wrote new lyrics for his "Miami 2017" to include references to those devastated by Sandy in the Rockaways and on Staten Island. He kept the stunning line "I've seen the lights go out on Broadway," which was originally written as science fiction but has become eerily prophetic.
Springsteen and The E Street Band closed the benefit with the hopeful "Land of Hope and Dreams," which he dedicated to "the people of New York and New Jersey and all those who put their lives on the line."
"One of the great ironies of this benefit concert is that the people we're trying to help can't watch it," host Matt Lauer said. "They have no electricity . . . You do have power. You have the power to make a difference."