Kristen Stewart and The Rolling Stones have joined the line-up for the 12-12-12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims.
The Stones were persuaded to get involved during a rehearsal for their Saturday show at the Barclays Center. Two of the producers — John Sykes of Clear Channel Media and movie producer Harvey Weinstein — made the trip to Brooklyn to personally appeal to the band.
“Mick said ‘The Rolling Stones pop group is in,'” Mr. Weinstein said at the press conference at Madison Square Garden on Friday.
The addition of The Rolling Stones makes the 12-12-12 concert one of the largest gatherings of big-name, stadium rock musicians in modern times.
The show will be held at the legendary Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
So far the line-up includes Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder and Kanye West.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ inception. Currently promoting a greatest hits album GRRR! which was released on November 12, the band recently walked the red carpet at the London film festival for the premiere of their documentary “Crossfire Hurricane.”
Kristen Stewart will also be making an appearance at the concert next Wednesday.
The 22-year-old who recently said goodbye to the iconic Twilight Saga character — Bella — that turned her into Hollywood’s highest paid actress, will shortly be seen in US theaters in her latest film, On The Road.
Directed by Walter Salles and adapted from Jack Kerouac’s beat generation classic of the same name, Stewart appeared at a screening for On The Road at The Landmark theater in Los Angeles last night.
Stewart will be one of an array of Hollywood stars guesting at the 12-12-12-concert. Other guests include Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Jon Stewart, Susan Sarandon, Sean Combs, Jake Gyllenhall, Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino.
It’s believed Stewart and those mentioned above will either introduce musical acts or say a few words about Hurricane Sandy victims during the fundraiser.
The concert is being promoted by the executives who head the Madison Square Garden Company, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises and The Weinstein Company, who also organized a successful concert after the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Hollywood has never been slow to step in when tragedy strikes, and with approximately 600,000 homes destroyed or damaged in New York and New Jersey during the November Superstorm Hurricane Sandy was certainly that.