12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Concert Review: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I realize it has been a week since the 12/12/12 Benefit Concert which took place at Madison Square Garden, and I intended to write a blog about it, but the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut pretty much took up most of my attention. Before I continue, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the families affected by this senseless tragedy. I am especially heartbroken over the loss of the 26 victims, especially 20 children who will never get a chance to live out their lives.

If my readers are blessed with children, hug them tightly, and love on them generously. I unfortunately was not blessed with children, but I was blessed with a very cute four legged “kid,” my beagle, Ace Frehley, and he is getting tons of hugs and love. I am also very appreciative of my readers, and my editor, Eric Gargiulo, whom I consider a great friend. Always cherish your friends, loved ones, and pets (if you have any), because you are not promised tomorrow.

Now to the subject at hand, last week, on 12/12/12, at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, the city where I was born, a huge concert benefit took place. The purpose was to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy . The show featured such acts as The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and many others. The concert was shown on many networks such as VH1 Classic, ION, etc. I was able to watch the entire event on VH1 Classic, whereas some networks stopped showing the event after a certain point.

In addition to the concert, Brian Williams of NBC did interviews with celebrities who were working the phones, and there were celebrities doing Master of Ceremonies duties as well. Overall, it was a very good show. I personally enjoyed it.

What I will be doing in this blog is writing about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from the 12/12/12 Sandy Benefit Concert, so here we go.


The Rolling Stones:

The band only played a couple of songs, but Mick Jagger and company just rocked the show. The band was in great form, and Mick has much more energy at 70-something, than I do at 40-something. The crowd was really into the band. Personally, I thought it was the best performance of the night.

The Boss: Bruce Springsteen:

They don’t call NJ born Springsteen, “The Boss” for nothing. He was awesome. Great way to kick off the show. When Jon Bon Jovi joined in, that just enhanced the segment. It was cool seeing two New Jersey-born guys kicking butt, and taking names.

Adam Sandler:

I loved Sandler’s take on “Hallelujah.” So funny. His chorus of “Sandy Screw Ya.” was awesome. I loved how he comes out in a New York Jets shirt, and is making fun of the Mets, and also included the famous NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez “Butt Fumble” in his song. That was hilarious.

Bon Jovi:

Jon and the boys sounded amazing. I really loved their performance. Jon’s voice is still amazing after all these years. Sambora’s guitar playing was excellent too.

Paul McCartney:

Sir Paul still got it, even at 70-something. His voice sounded great. I wish he had played more songs that most people knew, but otherwise, he did a great job. It is great to see him still have a pretty good voice after 50 years in the business.

Billy Joel:

The man still knows how to put on a show. He was fantastic. I just love his music, and his stuff just never gets old. His performance was one of the best of the evening.

The BAD:

The Who:

I don’t normally call for a celebrity (athlete, singer, wrestler, etc.) to retire like many fans do. I don’t do that because it is not productive, and the celebrity is going to retire when he/she is going to anyway. However, I am going to break my rule, and say Daltrey needs to retire. He can barely sing the songs anymore. I didn’t think he sounded very good at all. Townsend was alright, but Roger has got to go. Zach Starkey was excellent on the drums, though.

McCartney jamming with the surviving members of Nirvana:

Seeing Sir Paul McCartney jamming with the surviving members of Nirvana was just wrong. It was so beneath McCartney to do that, at least, in my opinion. I know McCartney agreed to do it, and all, but I just didn’t think it looked right. I admit that I was never a fan of Nirvana, or just about any of those Seattle bands that just stood there on the stage in their flannels. That is not rock and roll. I do like a couple of Nirvana songs, but that is about it. I feel the same way about those other “nerd bands, ” like I like to call them (Pearl Jam).

I didn’t recognize what they were singing anyway. One bright spot was Dave Grohl’s drumming. He is an awesome drummer.


Brian Williams:

I don’t know what on earth Brian Williams was trying to do. Was Williams trying to be funny with the celebrities working the phones? If so, he failed miserably. Brian Williams is a serious news reporter, and his role as funny interviewer fell flat on his face. It was sad because I like Williams as a reporter. He was so miscast in this role.

Kanye West:

I am glad Mr. West did not interrupt anyone, but that kilt? Enough said.

Lack of More Relevant Talent:

What do I mean by this? The line up was fantastic. As someone who is from the NY/NJ area, and who has relatives who still live in that area, I appreciate the bands for showing up, and were raising money to help those affected by Sandy. That was all well and good, but where were more acts that were actually from that area?

I mean, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Mick Jagger and company, the Who were all nice, but they are not from New York. Where was someone like Jay Z? What about a version of Run DMC? The most glaring omission from the concert was KISS. When that band comes to The Garden, Paul Stanley always says, “We are home!.”

Even though two members are not from New York (Guitarist Tommy Thayer from Portland, Oregon and Drummer Eric Singer from Cleveland, OH) technically, they still could have played a couple of tunes. If the promoters did not want to do that, they could have gotten the Bronx-born Ace Frehley (KISS original guitarist) to come play a few tunes, including “New York Groove.”

Well, that was my Good, Bad, and the Ugly of the 12/12/12 Benefit Concert for Sandy Victims. I hope you enjoyed it.

Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan

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Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan

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