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The 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy relief is shaping up as an all-timer.
The Rolling Stones were added Friday to a Madison Square Garden lineup that includes their British Invasion-era contemporaries Paul McCartney, The Who, Eric Clapton and Roger Waters, along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Eddie Vedder, Billy Joel, Chris Martin and Dave Grohl.
A new list of celebrity presenters also was released Friday, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kristen Stewart, Quentin Tarantino, Jessica Chastain, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Susan Sarandon, Adam Sandler, Seth Meyers, Steve Buscemi, Chelsea Clinton, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Jake Gyllenhaal, Karlie Kloss, Bobby Moynihan, Chris Rock and NBC’s Brian Williams.
Organizers expect a global audience of more than 1 billion for 121212: The Concert for Sandy Relief. It benefits the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which provides money, materials and know-how to local organizations helping people in the regions hardest hit by the storm.
Event producers James Dolan, Harvey Weinstein and John Sykes announced Friday that the show will have unprecedented global distribution on multiple platforms.
In the tradition of the post-9/11 fundraiser America: A Tribute to Heroes, the Dec. 12 benefit concert will air on 37 U.S. TV networks and myriad radio outlets. The 12-12-12 event also will be available in 400 million TV homes internationally and be streamed across North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. YouTube, AOL, Yahoo, Hulu and many other streaming services — with a combined 1.4 billion monthly unique users — will carry the event.
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment also will broadcast the show on its 850 U.S. radio stations, and its iHeartRadio digital radio service will video stream across its stations’ websites and Facebook pages.
“We are proud to be able to say that this concert is already setting records, by securing near total distribution around the world,” Dolan, Weinstein and Sykes said in a joint statement. “The massive distribution means that the concert will be available to almost anyone on the planet with a television, a radio, a smartphone, tablet, computer or Internet-connected device.”
The Stones are in the NYC area for three concerts starting Dec. 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The band’s 50th anniversary celebration continues with shows Dec. 13 and 15 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Fans who can’t make the 12-12-12 show still can grab pairs of face-value tickets online for the Stones’ Brooklyn concert, if they’re willing to part with $1,663. The Dec. 15 show – which will be available on pay-per-view — is sold out, but $831 single tickets remain for the Dec. 13 gig.
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