Columbia Records will be releasing a selection of 24 tracks from tonight's (December 12th) 12-12-12: A Concert For Hurricane Sandy relief via iTunes. The tracks are available now at iTunes.com/121212, with a physical album to follow soon. There's been no word as to which artists will be contributing tracks to the new compilation. The net proceeds from the soundtrack will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is "providing money, material and know-how to local organizations that are serving families and individuals in the regions hardest hit by the storm."
Tonight's concert at New York's Madison Square Garden features such rock legends as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Dave Grohl, and Eddie Vedder, among others.
Bruce Springsteen told us that -- even during his earliest days as a musician -- he's always taken great efforts to not only entertain with his music, but to inform his audience as well: "I guess you would say that we've devised a language by which we assist ourselves (laughs) and our audience in making sense of the world and their lives, and hopefully in finding both our and their place in the world. That's the job that my favorite movies, my favorite pieces of art, my favorite music always did for me, was that, in some fashion, the artist says, 'OK, take this, and go find your place out there.' It's a passing on of energy and of thought."