The celebrity-packed "12-12-12" concert at
Madison Square Garden stretched on for nearly five hours, and organizers said it was distributed to nearly 2 billion people worldwide through television feeds, radio and online streaming.
"How do I begin again? My city's in ruins," Springsteen sang to the packed crowd. He was joined by fellow
New Jersey native
Jon Bon Jovi for "Born to Run," ushering in a night of musical duets.
"This has got to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden,"
Mick Jagger told the crowd. The Stones, in the midst of a brief U.S. tour, performed "You Got Me Rocking" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
Chris Martin of
Coldplay jokingly suggested audience members should calculate the average age of the night's performers and agree to donate that much. "And I think you'll raise billions," he said.
At the end of the concert, R&B singer
Alicia Keys closed the show with "Empire State of Mind."