Dear Sandy, f*ck you. Love, Bruce Springsteen. According to the Hollywood Reporter:
Several days after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the East Coast, destroying homes and leaving millions without power, NBCUniversal has announced its networks including NBC, Bravo, and USA will air a one-hour, Matt Lauer-hosted telethon to benefit victims.
Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will air Friday from 8 to 9 p.m, also on E!, CNBC, MSNBC, Style, Syfy, and G4. Other networks might join ahead of the special, which will be broadcast live from NBC’s 30 Rock studios in New York [beware of Stone Mountain-bound eagles] and live-streamed on NBC.com.
Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel, Sting, and Jon Bon Jovi are slated to perform. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and late night host Jimmy Fallon will also appear. (Via)
Jon Hamm is to SNL as Bruce Springsteen is to benefit concerts: he’s always around, and it’s never not a treat to see him. It begs the question, “Is it really a tragedy if the Boss doesn’t try to raise funds for its victims?” Another, more important question, however, is: what should Bruce and Billy play on Friday? Some suggestions below.
As inspirational and outright optimistic sounding as Springsteen songs get.
“Waitin’ on a Sunny Day”
9/11 songs work as Hurricane Sandy songs, too.
“The Ties That Bind”
About the perils of rejecting help from people, and why we need to come together.
“I’ve Loved These Days”
Who gives a crap if your TV was lost during the hurricane? Material possessions don’t matter, etc.
“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”
Obviously. And what not to play:
“Lost in the Flood”