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NJ's Springsteen, Bon Jovi join Sting in Sandy concert

This Aug. 14, 2012 file photo shows Bruce Springsteen performing at Fenway Park in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file)

NEW YORK: New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi will join Sting and other top music stars on Friday for a special television benefit concert on NBC to aid victims of Sandy, the giant storm which killed scores and devastated large sections of the U.S. Northeast, the network announced on Thursday.

Springsteen and Bon Jovi are both New Jersey natives who have often taken inspiration from their home state and used their star platform to highlight both its charms and challenges.

The commercial-free one-hour telecast, "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," will air on Friday night at 8 p.m. EDT, and will include appearances by Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon and NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

The telethon, also to be shown on NBC Universal networks Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA and live streamed on NBC.com, will benefit the American Red Cross, with proceeds going towards victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"Today" show anchor Matt Lauer, who announced the concert on air on Thursday, will host. Donors can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 contribution.

On Tuesday, Springsteen tweeted a picture of the legendary Stony Pony club in New Jersey, saying "The Stone Pony stands proud despite hurricane Sandy!"

The club, at the ocean's edge in Asbury Park, N.J., one of the shoreline communities lashed by the storm, has been associated with Springsteen since he performed there early in his career, and he continues to make appearances.

Bon Jovi cut short a promotional tour in the United Kingdom to rush back to his home state, where he established a charity restaurant several years ago.

"I really need to get back home having spoken to my wife and kids," he told Britain's Daily Mail before flying out of London. "I need to be with my people. Thankfully, my family are safe," he said, adding "The devastation is off the charts."

Large sections of the state, especially its famous coastline, were devastated by the monster storm this week.

Most of the other performers are also from areas hard-hit by the storm, which killed at least 82 people in the United States and Canada and was the largest storm by area to hit the United States in decades.

Millions of people remain without power, and emergency teams have struggled to reach the worst-hit areas.

 

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