A benefit concert to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy is set to become the most widely distributed live musical event in history.
Nearly two billion people in more than 190 countries will be able to see the “12-12-12” event live from Gotham’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday via TV, radio and Internet partners.
“We are proud to be able to say that this concert is already setting records by securing near total distribution around the world,” said producers James Dolan, John Sykes and Harvey Weinstein in a joint statement. “The massive distribution means that the concert will be available to almost anyone on the planet with a television, a radio, a smartphone, tablet, computer or internet connected device.”
The concert, presented by Chase, will be available to all 114 million TV households in the U.S., and more than 400 million internationally. It will be broadcast live on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s radio stations across the U.S. and its digital radio service iHeartRadio, and across websites and Facebook pages of its 850 stations.
Live streaming will be available to the 1.4 billion monthly unique users of YouTube, AOL, Yahoo and other online video services worldwide.
The Rolling Stones are the latest artists to sign on to the all-star line-up, which includes Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Kanye West and The Who.
A raft of celebrity presenters includes Steve Buscemi, Jessica Chastain, Sean Combs, Billy Crystal, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jimmy Fallon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Rick, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon, Jon Stewart, Kristen Stewart and Quentin Tarantino.