The Weirdest Things About The 12-12-12 Concert
The 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief was basically awesome...but there were some strange things the show could have done without.
1. The Misplaced Delay 'Dump'
The show was live at Madison Square Garden, simulcast on dozens of TV and radio stations across the globe...obviously everyone was on a different audio delay, because on the station I was watching, you would hear a curse then 10 seconds later, the audio would mute. It must have happened at least 10 times. Eventually it just became distracting. I know kids were probably watching, and the delay was probably necessary, but if it wasn't going to work across all outlets...just do away with it. They're just words. It's okay.
2. The Tribute to Keith Moon
Aside from Brian Williams not knowing the difference between Peter Townshend/Keith Moon, I thought the tribute to Moon was odd. I know he is a legend, but it didn't seem like the right time or place to honor his memory. That being said, The Who is one of my favorite classic rock bands, and I'm pretty sure they can do whatever they want.
3. Kanye West
Here's the thing, I think Kanye is a super talented guy. He's a skilled rapper, but as a person, he always seems like a DB. I know that with an all-star line up like this, every artist will try to stand out, but Kanye just seemed to do it in the wrong way. The song choices didn't really go with the message of the night, the music didn't seem to translate live, and can we talk about the skirt? (Is he sharing a wardrobe with Kim K. now?) It just all seemed to add up to a boy who wanted everyone to talk about him today, instead of a man trying to help out others.
4. The Lack of Women
Alicia Keys. That's it. The only female headliner. Patti was there as part of the E Street Band, but other than that, women were seriously underrepresented last night. Melissa Etheridge, Mariah Carey, Pat Benatar, Beyonce, Sheryl Crow, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt...all talented women from various generations and genres who could have been up on that stage. Disappointing.
5. Song Choices
For the most part, all of the artists did a great job...but I found myself cringing at some of the song choices. Like 'Who Says You Can't Go Home' from Bon Jovi. As a friend noted on Facebook, 'Who says you can't go home? Uh... the police, the national guard, FEMA...'
And Mick Jagger singing, 'I was born in a crossfire hurricane...' Really? Seemed like the perfect opportunity for a lyric change.
Was I offended by it? No. Did I question it? Yes.
All in all, I thought it was a great night for a great cause, and while I'm disappointed that a certain media giant wouldn't allow the local radio stations in the areas hardest hit by the storm to be a part of the show, I am at least grateful that they are trying to help the area.
My favorite moments of the night? Steve Buscemi letting the drunken Greybeards overtake his segment...and Adam Sandler butchering Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' with his 'Sandy Screw Ya' rendition. Awkward and fabulous.