Dec 14 2012

Paul McCartney's mighty mega-jam.

Those predicting that McCartney would trot out "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude" like so many charity shows of the past were incorrect. In fact, his set featured only three Beatles tunes, "Helter Skelter," "Blackbird" and "I've Got a Feeling." For the third number he sat at the piano and dedicated "Nineteen Hundred and Eight-Five" to all the Wings fans. They had a good night, because he also did "Let Me Roll It" and a finale of "Live and Let Die." Instead of the usual all-star finale jam, McCartney invited many first responders to stand with him onstage while Alicia Keys did "Empire State of Mind." It was the perfect way to close out the night. 

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Dec 14 2012

The Rolling Stones' surgical strike.

The Stones had a gig booked the day after "12-12-12" and they never, ever play back-to-back nights, so they only slotted themselves in for 15 minutes. Strangely enough, they only needed 10. Opening with 1994's "You Got Me Rocking" was a questionable move, but they made up for it with a fast and loose "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Just as the crowd was getting warmed up for more, they were gone. 

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Dec 14 2012

New Jersey unites for "Born to Run."

It was the ultimate Jersey rock duet: Bruce Springsteen brought on Jon Bon Jovi for Springsteen's greatest anthem. The other -- even more emotional -- high note of Springsteen's set: his emotionally charged rendition of "My City of Ruins." The song was originally written as a prayer for his adopted hometown of Asbury Park, but after 9/11 it was repurposed as a tribute to New York City. On Springsteen's ongoing Wrecking Ball tour, it's served as a tribute to the late Danny Fedirici and Clarence Clemons, but at 12-12-12 it was once again about battered towns on the Jersey Shore. 

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