Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Sting, and Christina Aguilera will be among the acts performing on Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, a one hour telethon hosted by the Today show's Matt Lauer to be broadcast at 8 p.m. on Friday night.
The event will also feature NBC's Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon (and The Roots?), and will be shown on Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, SyFy, USA and NBC.com. Money raised will be targeted for American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts. The telethon will be broadcast live from Studio 6B at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, which is used for The Dr. Oz Show during the day.
NBC Universal has said that other channels they do not own will also have the option of showing the concert. In the last decade, several natural disasters have spurred multi-network musical telethons, including ones for the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. It was during the Katrina telethon in 2006 that Kanye West made headlines with his "George Bush doesn't care about black people" unscripted remark.
I'm betting Springsteen leaves "Sandy" off the set list and goes for the bit about "Gonna be a twister to blow everything down / That ain't got the faith to stand its ground" in "Promised Land."