UPDATE 4-Rock legends take to New York stage for storm Sandy victims

* A night of musical duets

* New Jersey rockers share stage with English musicians'

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NEW YORK, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi

and the Rolling Stones joined with actors and comedians in

headlining a benefit concert on Wednesday for victims of

Superstorm Sandy, which six weeks ago devastated scores of

communities along the coastline of the U.S. northeast coastline.

The celebrity-packed "12-12-12" concert at New York's

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.

Next up, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters performed alongside Pearl

Jam's Eddie Vedder, and later Paul McCartney jammed with the

surviving members of "Nirvana."

"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."

To help with the fundraising, celebrities such as Kristen

Stewart, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chelsea Clinton and Billy Crystal took

part in a telethon during the concert.

Comedian Adam Sandler took the stage for a Sandy-themed

spoof on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," rhyming the title with

"Sandy, Screw Ya!"

Backstage, actress Susan Sarandon recounted losing power in

her New York home but said that was a small hardship compared

with the real victims who lost their homes.

Steven Van Zandt, guitarist of the E Street Band, scolded

"the oil companies" and "Wall Street guys" for not doing more to

help.

"Even with the music business not what it used to be ... we

are proud to be here," he said.

The concert was broadcast live on television, radio, movie

theaters, on Facebook and iHeartRadio, and streamed on digital

billboards in New York's Times Square, London and Paris.

EXPANDING FUNDRAISING'S REACH

More than 130 people were killed when Sandy pummeled the

East Coast of the United States in October. Thousands more were

left homeless as the storm tore through areas of New York, New

Jersey and Connecticut, causing billions of dollars in damage.

Throughout the show, celebrities shared memories of growing

up in New York City or the Jersey Shore, and offered shout-outs

to first responders.

"Watching my hometown get pummeled was devastating to

watch," said actor-comedian Crystal, who grew up on Long Beach,

Long Island. "It's a helpless feeling of what's in store for us

maybe in the future."

As the show neared its finale, organizers said it had raised

$30 million from corporate sponsors, ticket sales and donations.

The total raised from called-in pledges will take more time to

calculate, said a spokesman for the Robin Hood foundation, the

concert's major beneficiary.

Donations raised from the concert produced by Clear Channel

Entertainment and the Weinstein Co, will all go to the Robin

Hood Relief Fund, which will provide money and materials to

groups helping people hardest hit by the storm.

New Jersey is expected to take 40 percent of the total,

while the rest will be divided up between New York City, Long

Island and Connecticut.

(Additional reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Jill

Serjeant, Patricia Reaney and Peter Cooney)

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