Also on the telethon's bill: Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Sting
NBC has a bevy of big-name musical acts signed up to play a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy on Friday night, the AP reports. New Jersey's favorite sons Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are on the bill, along with Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera and Long Island-raised Billy Joel. Sting, from the exotic borough known as Great Britain, will also be performing.
Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. NBC and its cable affiliates will screen the show — that means not only CNBC and MSNBC but also Bravo, USA, and E! — and the network is asking other stations to follow suit. The screening is set for 8 p.m. EST, with a tape delay on the West Coast, and will take place at New York City's Rockefeller Center.
NBC's TODAY co-anchor Matt Lauer will host, and NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon is also set to perform. The New York Times promises an appearance from NBC news anchor Brian Williams, as well. Set your DVRs and dust off those credit card digits.