Paul McCartney
Musician Paul McCartney performs during the "12-12-12" benefit concert for victims of Superstorm Sandy at Madison Square Garden in New YorkReuters

Some of the biggest names in the world of music came forward to help victims of Superstorm Sandy by performing at the "12-12-12" benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, New York, on Wednesday night.


Hurricane Sandy slammed into eastern United States in October, a few days before the American Presidential elections. The hurricane flooded New York's subway system and submerged Manhattan streets, leaving eight million people across several states without electricity. The storm damaged hundreds of houses and killed at least 130 people. 

The benefit concert was staged on the suspicious day of "12-12-12" and the big names in the music industry like Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Roger Waters, The Who, Rolling Stones, The Colbert Report, Sean Combs, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Chris Martin, Kanye West and several others performed at the event.

The organisers of the concert are hoping to raise millions of dollars from advertising and syndication besides raking in an estimate of $32 million from the sales of concert tickets. The price of one ticket ranged from $150 to $2,500.

The proceedings of the one-night concert will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which looks into the needs of the people affected by the Superstorm Sandy.

Around two billion people around the world watched the musical concert through television, live streaming and theater simulcasts.