Ever since George Harrison conceived of and produced The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, benefit concerts have become an inevitable event following natural disasters and other related catastrophes. And with impressive results: The Hope for Haiti Now concert raised $57 million for charities, while America: A Tribute to Heroes raised $150 million in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.


So it's of little surprise that NBCUniversal has announced that its networks - including NBC, Bravo and USA - will air a one-hour telethon benefiting victims of hurricane Sandy. To be hosted by Matt Lauer, Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will include performances by Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel, Sting and Jon Bon Jovi. Also to appear are NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and late night host Jimmy Fallon.


Both The Boss and Bon Jovi have strong ties to New Jersey, and Bryan Williams has often talked of his fondness for the Jersey Shore. Billy Joel’s love for Long Island is legendary.


Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will will be broadcast live from NBC's 30 Rock studios in New York and live-streamed on NBC.com on Friday, Nov 2, starting at 8 p.m. The telethon will also air on NBCU channels E!, CNBC, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and G4. Other channels may be added between now and then, so check your local listings. 


Money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross. To donate, visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


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Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel are among the many joining Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together.