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Live-blogging Billy Joel, Springsteen benefit for Sandy victims

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“Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” will bring together Long Island's Billy Joel, New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and Jon Bon Jovi to raise funds and awareness for the victims of the massive superstorm. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. We'll be live-blogging the benefit starting at 8 p.m. It will air on NBC, its affiliated cable channels and will stream on, as well as simulcast on Springsteen's E Street Radio on SiriusXM Radio.

9 p.m. "God bless New York, God bless the Jersey Shore," Springsteen says.

8:55 p.m. Bruce Springsteen and the full, mighty E Street Band caps the night with a rousing "Land of Hope and Dreams," with a snippet of "People Get Ready" and a sax solo from Jake Clemons.

8:50 p.m. Mary J. Blige does a powerful version of "The Living Proof."

8:46 p.m. Kevin Bacon says the telephone lines for donation are busy.

8:42 p.m. Sting does an acoustic "Message in a Bottle." Rescue me before I fall into despair-oh!

8:38 p.m. Matt Lauer goes to Rockaway Beach to show the destruction there and the inspiration for the benefit.

8:34 p.m. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford do a stripped-down version of "Dream On."

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8:32 p.m. Brian Williams takes a tour of the devastation of the Jersey Shore.

8:30 p.m. Jon Stewart says he has done numerous benefits in the past, but this one is different. "You never think it's going to be your home or where you grew up," Stewart said. "This catastrophe is bigger than resilience and we need help." (He then gets in a dig at Mayor Bloomberg, saying, "Maybe the marathon isn't a great idea for Sunday.")

8:25 p.m. Superstar jam on "Under the Boardwalk" -- Jimmy Fallon, Steven Tyler, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen -- having some slight sound issues. "That ain't bad," jokes Jon Stewart.

8:20 p.m. Billy Joel is doing "Miami 2017"! With new lyrics to reflect Rockaways and Staten Island suffering. Mark Rivera sax solo is making this even more emotional.

8:12 p.m. After showing the effects of Sandy on New Jersey, Jon Bon Jovi launches into a stripped-down "Who Says You Can't Go Home?" and "Livin' on a Prayer."

8:10 p.m. "One of the great ironies of this benefit concert is that the people we're trying to help can't watch it," Lauer said. "They have no electricity... You do have power. You have the power to make a difference."

8:05 p.m. Host Matt Lauer says the evening will be "important and enormously entertaining." "There are millions in need," he said.

8 p.m. Christina Aguilera opens the evening with "Beautiful."

7:55 p.m. The tone isn't exactly right, but Billy Joel doing the eerily prophetic "Miami 2017" would be pretty amazing.

7:50 p.m. In addition to previously announced performers Christina Aguilera and Sting, Mary J. Blige and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have also signed on to perform. Matt Lauer will host and there will also be appearances from Jimmy Fallon, Brian Williams, Jon Stewart and Whoopi Goldberg.

7:45 p.m. To get things started, here's Springsteen and Joel in happier times, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary Concert in 2009, doing “New York State of Mind.”


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