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- Posted on Nov 1st 2012 4:00PM by Jason MacNeil
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Springsteen carried on with his Wrecking Ball tour last night in Rochester after postponing the original Oct. 30 date. The concert opened up with the rare performance of "A Night With the Jersey Devil" while songs like "Death to My Hometown," "Atlantic City," "My City of Ruins" and "Jersey Girl" were performed in a very obviously symbolic gesture.
"We wish you a happy Halloween, but we are a rock 'n' roll band from the Jersey Shore, and tonight we carry a lot of sadness in our hearts," said Springsteen at one point, according to fan site Backstreets. "This was originally a song about my adopted hometown struggling to get on its feet -- it struggled for 25 years, a quarter century, while we watched for Asbury to come back. And we are very proud to say over the past decade, it has risen up and flourished in a way I wasn't ever sure I'd see in my lifetime. And it will do so again!"
Springsteen also thanked those on the front lines in the affected areas as well as those in higher offices, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The praise comes after a tense 2012 between the two with Republican Christie repeatedly expressing his love for Springsteen's work while Springsteen keeping his distance and endorsing Democrat Barack Obama.
"We're a band that you can't separate from the Jersey shore -- still basically a glorified bar band... at your service!" Springsteen said. "So we're gonna do this tonight from our hometown to your hometown. We'll send this out to all the people working down there: the police officers, the firemen, and also to the Governor, who has done such a hard job this past week."
Springsteen will also be part of NBC's one-hour telethon entitled Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together set to air tomorrow night. He'll be joined by Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Sting and Christina Aguilera. All donations will go to the American Red Cross' Sandy relief efforts. Other networks might broadcast the telethon, but nothing has been confirmed.
Bon Jovi reportedly had his New Jersey home badly damaged from Sandy. According to British publication The Mirror, he was doing promotional work for a British tour this week when the storm hit, leaving him to cut his trip short and fly back to New York. "The family house in New Jersey was also hit quite badly and he needs to go back to assess the damage and what can be salvaged," a source close to the musician said. His family was safe in New York City but his restaurant in New Jersey was reportedly damaged.
Elsewhere Yo La Tengo survived the storm without any injury or damage. "Thanks to all for your concern," the band said in a short Facebook post. "We are all safe and sound despite the damage in Hoboken."
Other musicians were similarly safe from harm, but were trying to cope with no electricity and a diminishing food supply, including rapper Ice T. "Day #3 SANDY Update: No power," Ice T tweeted. "Cell signal has improved. No gas or food in nearby area.. Going from NJ to NY today for supplies. #BORDERLAND". Shortly thereafter Ice T tweeted: "The crazy thing is everyone with generators don't have gas and the electric cars can't charge.. Coco and I are chillin... #COLDCEREAL".
Meanwhile, Ted Leo -- who's about to embark on another touring leg -- tweeted his feelings about having to leave his home state of New Jersey. "Maybe I'm being a little over-emo about this, but I really hate having to leave my hood right now," Leo said. "I'll be back for #Snowmageddon2012." Leo later tweeted that the news regarding Staten Island was "killing me right now."
Rosanne Cash also tweeted this morning she had no power. "Still without power here in Zone C," she said. "Spotty cell service too, so it's getting very Little House-ish around here. #LittleHouseInZoneC."
The storm continues to cause logistical problems with concerts. This morning Meat Loaf announced he was postponing upcoming concerts set for New York City, Albany and Ithaca. "Huge apologies to all of you with tickets," the artist said on his Facebook page yesterday. "Myself and the band are all saddened to not be able to see you guys and our prayers and thoughts remain with everyone affected by the storm. Stay safe out there. From our souls to yours. ML"
Elsewhere, the Smashing Pumpkins were forced to postpone their show last night at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. And Jesse Malin tweeted the Morristown, New Jersey area show featuring himself and Fountains of Wayne has been postponed due to the storm.