I am borderline speechless after the 12.12.12 concert at Madison Square Garden last night. Every single moment was amazing. And it just kept coming. Thousands of people crossed things off of their bucket list last night, myself included. I still can’t believe it. Truly one of the best and most energizing nights of my life. The Robin Hood Sandy Relief Fund (http://www.robinhood.org/rhsandy) raised $30 million from the concert in ticket revenue, sponsorships, and corporate donations. (They are still counting the donations via phone and internet). Talk about the power of music…
You can purchase an album of select songs from the show on iTunes, December 18th: https://itunes.apple.com/album/id585701590. There will be a DVD as well – release date on that TBD. I will certainly buy it.
Every single moment was amazing, but here are the first things I thought of when reflecting:
Eddie Vedder with Roger Waters – “Comfortably Numb”
I started listening to The Wall when I was 10, and “Comfortably Numb” has always been one of my favorite Floyd songs. One of the most surreal moments of my life. You know how people used to completely freak out when the Beatles performed? I was just like one of them when this happened.
Finally seeing the Rolling Stones, even though they only did two songs
Michael Stipe temporarily stepping out of retirement to perform with Chris Martin – “Losing My Religion” (acoustic)
Seeing Paul McCartney…
Seeing 3/4 of Nirvana (Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear – who played with Nirvana during their last year) reunited, and seeing Dave Grohl drum for the first time…
Seeing Paul McCartney sit in for Kurt. One of the wildest moments in Rock & Roll history.
Billy Joel spreading holiday cheer – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and uniting New Yorkers with “New York State of Mind”
The Who “See Me, Feel Me” (starts 3 minutes in here).
Roger Daltrey crushed it on the harmonica, and it was fun, as usual, seeing Pete Townshend doing the windmill on “Baba O’Riley (Teenage Wasteland)”. Roger Daltrey’s no-shirt look got people talking. He’s definitely on the older side… but he’s the front man in THE WHO. He can do whatever he wants. And one might venture to say that he’s still got it.
Adam Sandler providing some laughs