Artists complete concert for Sandy relief

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Many of the artists told personal stories of friends or family affected by the storm, like Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.

“I had to hold back the tears really,” he said about visiting the devastation in New Jersey. “My mom’s house (in Point Pleasant, N.J.) got trashed. They had to evacuate her. She’s living with me until we fix it up.”

E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt said backstage that musicians are often quick to help when they can.

“Yes, it’s more personal because literally the Jersey shore is where we grew up,” he said. “But we’d be here anyway.”

The concert came a day after the death of sitar master Ravi Shankar, a performer at the 1971 “Concert for Bangladesh” considered the grandfather of music benefits. That concert also was in Madison Square Garden.

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AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu in New York and Geoff Mulvihill in Toms River, N.J., contributed to this report.

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