The 12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert Starring Springsteen, McCartney and the Stones
11:30 a.m. Update:Read TIME’s report from backstage at the epic 12-12-12 concert, and check out the 12 most iconic images from the music marathon
How many music legends can you gather under one roof? The folks at Madison Square Garden will find out this evening as a who’s who of rock and pop — from Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones to Kanye West and Chris Martin — come together for the “12-12-12″ concert to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy. Arguably the biggest lineup of music talent ever in one show, many of the artists lending their talents have direct ties to the region devastated by the late October storm that killed more than 125 people, left parts of New York City underwater and millions of others without heat or electricity for weeks — including New Jersey natives Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, Long Islander Billy Joel and New Yorker Alicia Keys.
December 12, 2012 5:36 PM
New Jersey icon Bruce Springsteen kicks off the "12-12-12" concert for Sandy relief at Madison Square Garden in New York City with his song "Land of Hope and Dreams."
(READ: All about the unforgettable moments from the 12-12-12 concert)
Though tickets sold out within minutes of their release last week, TIME streamed the show live. The concert, which will open with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at 7:30 p.m., is expected to last until Paul McCartney takes the stage around midnight in one of the most anticipated acts. The Beatle will sub for Kurt Cobain, fronting a Nirvana reunion alongside Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, the surviving members of the legendary grunge band who haven’t played together in 20 years.