Making a one night return to talk about quite possibly the greatest concert experience of my life. I don't know if anyone outside the tri-state area has heard about the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Concert for Relief at MSG. It was apparently broadcasted in 34 different countries, and many networks. I luckily scored tickets to the show.
The show started off with Bruce Springsteen. I always make fun of Bruce on here because of
, but I really enjoyed his set. Got to get onto his song names, but his first performance was great. "Born to Run" with Jon Bon Jovi was also great.
Next up was Roger Waters. He started off with stuff from The Wall. "In the Flesh" followed by "The Happiest Days of Our Lives". "Another Brick in the Wall" was amazing live, everyone was singing. He then did some DSOTM stuff, with "Money" and a great performance of "Us and Them". Topped it off with a stellar "Comfortably Numb" with Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) doing Gilmour's bits. This is the closest I will get to seeing one of my favorite bands live, so I enjoyed the hell out of the performance.
Bon Jovi's setlist was pretty cool. "Livin' on a Prayer" is always cool live. He even brought out
for a song. Eric Clapton was next. Can't say I really care about Clapton. Rolling Stones were next. They were added last minute to the show, so they had 2 songs. Never been big on the Stones myself, but I wanted to see them do "Gimme Shelter" live. Oh well, its always nice to see Mick Jagger having a seizure on stage.
Alicia Keys was a nice break from all the rock and roll. Calmed the house down. The came The Who. Started off with "Who are You", then did others including "Pinball Wizard". "Baba O'Riley" sounded so, so good live. Enjoyed the hell out of them. Only downside was Roger Daltrey having an unbuttoned shirt.
Kanye West came out and did a medley. As I thought a lot of people in the crowd didn't like it, and he just seemed like a random name compared to the rest of the acts. But I don't care I loved it. Was singing to everything except the first song off of that G.O.O.D. Music album that I didn't really care about. The place was shaking from the bass though. His performance polarized the audience greatly, like I said not the right guy for this type of show.
Billy Joel had a large set. The crowd loved him because he's a Long Island native. Not really familiar with him though. Chris Martin of Coldplay did an acoustic "Viva La Vida". Michael Stipe of R.E.M. came out to do a performance of "Losing my Religion" with Martin, was so good.
Then the main event finally came. Sir Paul McCartney. Started off with a rocking version of "Helter Skelter". He did a lot of wings/solo stuff. Little disappointed that he didn't do more Beatles songs, but I knew Paul would rather do his solo stuff first. Did "Let Me Roll It", and "My Valentine". Switched back to Beatles stuff with "Blackbird" and "I Got a Feeling".
He then was joined for a Nirvana reunion, with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear. Didn't recognize the song they performed? I wish Dave Grohl got his own set, but the Foo's are on hiatus so I get it. Paul then ended it by going over to the piano. I was like "yes, Hey Jude". No "Live and Let Die". I like the song, but I was really hoping he would end with Hey Jude. Crazy performance though, lot of pyro. Ended with Alicia Keys during her album's version of "Empire State of Mind".
Concert went like an hour and a half over the estimate, but it was really worth it. I can't think of the last time I saw a line-up this GOOD.