According to the Telegraph, previously announced performers Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl will be joined at tonight’s star-studded 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear. Or in other words, Nirvana are back! But with McCartney taking over for the late Kurt Cobain, and they will probably only play non-Nirvana songs or maybe a new track that they’ve been secretly working on ever since Paul asked his “mate” Dave to “jam.” (Seriously, McCartney insists he didn’t mean to getting Nirvana back together: “I didn’t really know who they were … And somebody whispered to me: ‘That’s Nirvana. You’re Kurt.’ I couldn’t believe it.”)
Which is mostly all to say that we may not get to hear Paul McCartney really loose himself to “Heart Shaped Box,” but whatever they do end up doing will almost certainly be awesome. And with Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Eddie Vedder and more already on-board and now this, tonight’s show is shaping up to be an impressive one. That’s why we here at @VH1 will be airing it live on VH1 Classic or Palladia, as well as live-streaming the 5-hour long concert at 121212concert.vh1.com.
Sir Paul McCartney to replace Kurt Cobain in Nirvana reunion [Telegraph]
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to see Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who, Paul McCartney and – just added! – The Rolling Stones perform in one night. But next Wednesday December 12th at 7:30pm EST, 121212 – The Concert For Sandy Relief will be broadcast from New York City’s Madison Square Garden to over one billion people in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, and you shouldn’t miss it!
Performing together on 12.12.12 to raise awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, these world-renowned, A-list artists will all help The Robin Hood Foundtation raise funds to rebuild communities and lives of those affected by the disastrous storm. Here at @VH1, we’ll be live-streaming the 5-hour long concert at 121212concert.vh1.com, so bookmark the page and feel free to donate what you can as you catch the historical night right here alongside us. If you can’t find an internet connection, tune-in to VH1 Classic or Palladia to watch the show over good old-fashion television airwaves!
“We gon’ step on all those lines that separate us tonight; you’re about to witness music at a very high level.”
Jay-Z made this characteristically bravado-laden declaration three songs into his set at New York City’s Carnegie Hall last night, the second of two charity shows benefiting the United Way and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation that he performed this week. Much has been said about cultural ramifications of a night like this, a triumphant chapter in a rags to riches story so improbable that Horatio Alger himself would never have envisioned penning it. It was clear from the outset of the show that Jay-Z had every intention of delivering on that ambitious bill of goods —when was the last time anyone attempted to put on a hip hop show featuring a 20-plus piece symphony orchestra for an audience filled with (primarily rich white) people in suits?—but by the end of the show, I couldn’t help but feel like he wasn’t quite able to achieve both of those audacious goals equally.
First, the scene. Carnegie Hall is one of our country’s most legendary musical venues, and also one of our most exclusive. Not just anyone is allowed to perform here, nor is just anyone necessarily allowed to attend a gig there. As a means of showing respect to the 121-year-old venue and all that it symbolizes, attendees of this two-night stand were encouraged to dress formally for the occasion; like a good general, Hov made sure to follow his own directive. Taking the stage a few minutes after 10 p.m. in white tuxedo jacket, black tux pants, a dapper black bow-tie and stylish shades, J-Hova looked like the long lost sixth member of the Rat Pack as he performed “Public Service Announcement” off his 2003 LP, The Black Album. The audience ate it up, leaping to their feet and waving their well-manicured hands in the air like they just didn’t care, perhaps no one more so than his wife Beyoncé. The new mom snuck into her box seat (stage right, closest to the stage) just as the house lights dimmed and proceeded to emphatically dance in a standing position for most of the show’s nearly two-hour runtime.
New parents Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles are like, millionaires. You don’t even need us to provide you with the math to know that, but The Daily has made this neat little infographic anyway, just so you can see how much money pop royalty makes, and how little they’ve been contributing to their own charity:
As you can see from the above image, Jay-Z made an obscene amount of money is 2010 — $63 million — and gave only 0.01% of that to his own charity. Feeling a bit miserly in 2010, were you Jay?
Hov’s rep, Jana Fleishman defended the Carter clan, saying in an email to The Daily, “Jay, along with his family, provided office support, overhead support, [mother] Mrs. Gloria Carter’s 100% effort and time, computers, FedEx expenses, accounting, and treasury function support. This was at no cost to the charity.” Except that taxes tell another story, and it seems that the charity paid $7,306 for the expenses mentioned in Fleishman’s email. Maybe Jay-Z needs to be reminded that he wasn’t always Mr. Moneybags, and that empathy can go a long way. What does one buy oneself with $63 million dollars a year anyway? Surely there’s flexibility to share that sort of exorbitant earning?
Giving Back [The Daily]
[Photo: Getty Images]
Linkin Park scored a nomination for a 2011 Do Something Award thanks to the work the band has done in connection with its charity Music for Relief, which is currently supporting tsunami relief work in Japan. (Tune in to VH1 tonight at 9 p.m. ET to see if they won!) Want proof that the band doesn’t do this for the accolades? Look no further than the exclusive and intimate live show the band has planned for August 31 in Los Angeles. There’s only one way to score a pair of tickets: Raise at least $500 for tsunami relief.
In a clever turnaround of the Kickstarter-style “rewards for pledges,” which was inspired by non-profits’ fundraising techniques, the band booked a secret location (later revealed to be the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles) and have employed an online fundraising engine through which over 5,000 fans have raised nearly $275,000 so far in a competition for just over 1,000 tickets. Six days (and limited tickets) remain in the fundraising challenge, but it’s certainly still worth giving a shot if you’re in the greater Los Angeles area. If not, find a fan who’s near the goal and help her or him score tickets. All proceeds go to tsunami relief (Music for Relief’s partner organizations are listed on its website.)
UPDATE (5:37 p.m.): Follow along for not one but two videos of Janell’s exclusive chat with Ne-Yo earlier today.
In the wake of the disaster that struck Japan some twelve days ago, some musicians made the difficult decision to postpone previously planned tours to the island nation until the situation over there became more stable. Not Ne-Yo, though! He’s been over in Japan for well over a week now, performing in front of thousands of thrilled fans and helping to restore a sense of normalcy to the tragedy-ridden country. Well, our own VH1 News correspondent Janell Snowden was able to speak with Ne-Yo exclusively earlier today via Skype. We’ll be bringing you select clips from that interview very soon, but for now, here’s a quick summary of what they discussed:
- While the fact that Ne-Yo has a four month-old daughter initially gave him pause about going to Japan during such a tumultuous time, he ultimately felt like he had her blessing. As he explained to us, if she could talk, she would’ve told him to solider on.