During Wednesday night’s 12-12-12 concert, it wasn’t meant to be looked upon at which artist gave the best performance. The focus was a large number of big-name arena acts coming together to try and raise money for Sandy relief. Performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Sir Paul McCartney were but a few of the many artists that performed during the nearly six-hour concert.
However, if there was one performance that stood out from the rest, Adam Sandler’s musical rendition of “Hallelujah” had everyone talking. By the end of his performance, he left the crowd in stitches and had people on Twitter commenting on what people had missed.
The tone was more serious before Sandler’s song as musical greats appeared on stage in an effort to raise money for those who were affected by the damage left behind from Superstorm Sandy. Most of the artists were wearing black and gray during their performances and tried to encourage people to get on their phone to call and make a donation to help those struggling after the damage caused by Sandy.
The 12-12-12 Concert started at 7:30 p.m. and was kicked off by Jersey shore hero Bruce Springsteen who talked about how the rebuilding progress was going before singing “My City of Ruins.” When finished, he invited Jon Bon Jovi to come on stage to sing a duet.
There were other pairings throughout the evening such as Coldplay’s Chris Martin and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe singing “Losing My Religion.” The most interesting pairing took place during a Nirvana reunion that had Sir Paul McCartney playing the role of Kurt Cobain joining Nirvana members Pat Smear, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. The “new” Nirvana ended up playing a new punk song.
With the tone set as being serious early in the evening, Sandler took to the stage held at Madison Square Garden wearing a New York Jet’s T-shirt. Performing during the first hour of the concert, Sandler and Paul Shaffer (“The Late Show with David Letterman”) sang one song and made sure to make it count!
Singing the classic ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen, Sandler started off with the actual beautiful and haunting lyrics which made most feel he would be sentimental as the other performers. “The terror of the hurricane / The unforgiving wind and rain / New York, the world held its breath as the storm took it to you / But you’ve been knocked down in the past / Taking shots they thought would last / But you always get right up shouting…”
However, as soon as he got to the Chorus, it was obvious he had made some “subtle” changes to the song. The new chorus says, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah, Sandy screw ya, We’ll get through ya, Cause we’re Neeeew Yorkers.”
Sandler’s new rendition made it to Twitter with posts mentioning parts that were political. Sandler profanely poked fun at Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large soft drinks and Anthony Weiner’s Twitter scandal. “The Bed Bug scare of 2010, The Lohans getting busted again and again…The Mayor’s ban on 32 ounce Mountain Dew-yaaa.” He also took on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, Donald Trump, the New York Knicks and more in his humorous version of the song.
The “12-12-12” concert was sold out and ended up being shown on 37 stations in the United States as well as more than 200 others worldwide. Also, it was supposed to be streamed on 30 websites.
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Adam Sandler Hallelujah! At 12-12-12 Concert
During a special cameo appearance at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, comedian Adam Sandler paid tribute to the resilience of the NY/NJ metropolitan residents affected by Hurricane Sandy.