Music royalty including Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones lead the star-studded lineup for Wednesday’s 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief. It will be broadcast internationally live from Madison Square Garden beginning at 7:30 p.M. ET.
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With 37 cable networks airing the four-hour charity benefit alongside webcasts, satellite radio feeds and movie-theater showings, it will be easier to see than to avoid. In unprecedented coverage, the concert will be broadcast on channels as diverse as AMC, HBO and the Cooking Channel, as well as on several international channels.
The show will live-stream from 29 websites, including AOL, Hulu, iHeartRadio and YouTube. In-theater screenings in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, radio coverage and an X-Box video-game-console stream will make the performance accessible to more than 2 billion people worldwide.
The lineup also includes Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West and The Who. Celebrity presenters include Jon Stewart, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Combs and Chris Rock.
Social media websites also are participating in the charitable side of the mega-show, which benefits the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Foursquare will offer the single-day “Be Robin Hood” badge for those who tweet to #121212concert, and Samsung Galaxy will donate $10 for the first 25,000 check-ins. Facebook, Tumblr and GetGlue also will pitch in.
Viewers are encouraged to participate socially and tweet from #121212concert, follow @USATODAYLife on Twitter and tune in to usatoday.Com for live coverage.