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A damaged chair sits on the beach in low-lying Coney Island in the wake of Superstorm Sandy on Nov. 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
It’s 12/12/12, the last repeating date like that we’ll see this century. The Robin Hood Foundation is putting on a star-studded concert at Madison Square Garden, named for the date, to benefit victims of the so-called “Superstorm Sandy.” It starts at 4:30 p.m. Pacific/7:30 p.m. Eastern.
Musicians scheduled to appear include Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Chris Martin from Coldplay, Eddie Vedder and — of course — Jersey natives Jon Bon Jovi and “The Boss” himself, Bruce Springsteen. There are also other celebs on the lineup, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Fallon.
The musical headline, though: Paul McCartney will reportedly front a Nirvana reunion, the Sun reports, along with Foo Fighter Dave Grohl — because when I think grunge music, I think the Beatles. But it should certainly be something to see.
It’s going to be broadcast on TV, on the radio and online; you can watch the live video below:
Theaters across the country are also presenting it if you want to hop over for a last-minute public viewing. You can check out a list here. There are lots of showings in the L.A. area, including in Long Beach, North Hollywood, Orange and Huntington Beach.
The late October storm left parts of New York City and New Jersey underwater, along with millions of people in several states without heat or electricity for weeks. Sandy is blamed for at least 125 deaths, including 104 in New York and New Jersey, and destroyed or damaged 305,000 housing units in New York alone.
If you’re looking for something else to do today, maybe you should listen to the New York Times’ advice from their 12/12/12 piece — from 1912. “To-day is a day to celebrate by writing a great many letters and dating them, each and every one, 12–12–12.” Maybe in 2012 you can just try tweeting more.