Saturday, June 15, 2024

Rolling Stones Not Participating in All Star Hurricane Sandy Concert


The announcement this week of the 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief included all the big rock star names–Springsteen, Joel, The Who, etc. But one name that wasn’t in the mix was the Rolling Stones. Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards participated in the Concert for New York after September 11th back in 2001.

This time around, by coincidence, the Stones are all in New York on December 12th. They’re playing a show on December 8th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and two shows December 13th and 15th at the Prudential Center in Newark. But sources tell me there are no plans for the Stones to join the 12-12-12 festivities as a group, and that Keith Richards is definitely doing it either. It remains to be seen if Jagger will participate or show up at all.

(I have a great idea for him: let Mick come alone and sing “Salt of the Earth” with the house band. He’ll steal the show. “Let’s drink to the hard working people…”)

To be fair, they could use the night off before the two Prudential shows. Charitable contributions are another thing, altogether. The Stones could still make a splashy announcement of a big donation to the Robin Hood Foundation or Red Cross. We will await that eagerly.

Meantime, HitsDailyDouble reports that the Stones Greatest Hits package, called “Grrrrr,” will sell between 27,000 and 30,000 copies in its debut week on the charts. Given that everyone has all these hits in many forms, that’s pretty good.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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