Christina Aguilera, a native of the decimated New York City borough of Staten Island, opened NBC's telethon helping victims of Superstorm Sandy
The mood early on was sombre but hopeful, from Christina's Beautiful to Jon's Livin' On A Prayer.
Billy picked up the tempo with Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway) and Jimmy led an all-star performance of Under The Boardwalk that featured Billy, Bruce and Steven Tyler.
Sting was equally passionate during an acoustic, muscular version of the Police hit Message In A Bottle.
The show ended, as it only could, with Bruce and the E Street Band, tearing into Land Of Hope And Dreams.
"God bless New York," Bruce, New Jersey's beloved native son, said in conclusion. "God bless the Jersey shore."