“Sirvana” and more rock 12-12-12 concert

Last night, a few networks you have, but haven’t heard of (I’m looking at you, ION) broadcast the big 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief live from Madison Square Garden in NYC.

Overall, I thought this was one of the most solid multi-act televised performance events in years. The concert included Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who, Paul McCartney and more. Producers for the Grammys, take note! REAL MUSICIANS…except…well, OK, Jon Bon Jovi, I guess you count too, despite the WWE meets “movie rock star” look.

A few thoughts:

-The show kicked off with Bruce Springsteen and the seemingly 126 piece  E Street Band. I can totally hear that piccolo in the mix, guys..

-Adam Sandler. Please approach your next movie with the humor of your “Hallelujah” parody. Great stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOSbjyjS3Bg
-Lots of old timers doing what they did best a couple decades ago….but still pretty great right now, including only 2 songs by The Rolling Stones, and 40 minutes each of The Who, The Boss, Roger Waters and Sir Paul McCartney.

-Eric Clapton hasn’t aged. Incredible performance.

-Collaborations. All pretty good ones. Eddie Veddar joined Roger Waters for “Comfortably Numb,” Jon Bon Jovi joined Springsteen for “Born To Run,” and Springsteen uncomfortably returned the favor during Bon Jovi’s set on “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” Chris Martin andt “the retired-from-music” Michael Stipe performed a great, stripped down rendition of R.E.M.’s classic “Losing My Religion.”

-Billy Joel, also a suprising highlight considering his recent issues. “New York State of Mind,” was perfect for the occasion.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4c_8rTuddU

-HIGHLIGHT OF THE SHOW: Paul McCartney brought down the house with his set, kicking off with the Beatles classic rocker “Helter Skelter.” What should we call Paul McCartney’s collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana? I personally love Sirvana. I also like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Shaped Box and All APAULogies. Ok, that last one is REALLY lame. Whatever you call it, their new song “Cut Me Some Slack,” kicked ass. Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TR3vtXP_WM

He closed with “Live and Let Die,” which included so much pyro I thought he was taking that Fireman moniker a little too seriously.

-Alicia Keys emerged for the final performance, a Jay Z-less “Empire State of Mind.” A perfect way to end a great show for a great cause.

P.S. Nice skirt, Kanye.

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