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Ron Wood, from left, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performing at the 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden in New York, December 12, 2012.

Ron Wood, from left, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performing at the 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden in New York, December 12, 2012.

The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and many other musical acts performed in an hours-long concert aimed at raising money for the victims of the Atlantic superstorm Sandy in the New York and New Jersey region.

Rock-and-roll legend Bruce Springsteen, a native of the hard-hit New Jersey shore, was the opening act at the "12-12-12" concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. He was later joined by fellow New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi in a rendition of the Springsteen classic "Born to Run."

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The show's organizers said up to two billion people worldwide would experience the "12-12-12" concert live through streaming video online, as well as radio and television and even at specially-equipped movie theaters.

More than $30 million has already been raised from ticket sales and sponsorships. Viewers were urged to donate either online or by text message to a local nonprofit anti-poverty foundation involved in the relief efforts.

Superstorm Sandy struck the U.S. East Coast in October, killing over 100 people and causing more than $50 billion in damages. Scores of residents along the coastal areas of New York and New Jersey were either left homeless, or without electricity for several weeks.
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