Sandy Benefit: A Musical Mixed Bag

Last night’s 12-12-12 benefit concert for Sandy relief was an unqualified success: Before even a single note was played on stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden, more than $30 million had already been raised for the Robin Hood Foundation through ticket sales, merchandise, and corporate pledges. (You can donate here.) I agree with ew.com that “as a charity event, 12-12-12 was a slam dunk. As a musical entertainment endeavor, it was more of a mixed bag, full of plenty of glorious, triumphant moments for sure, but also bloated with curious choices and inexplicable performances.” But I don’t agree with ew.com that Bon Jovi was among the evening’s highlights, but, then again, I’m utterly allergic to that band’s music.

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