The Straits Times
Published on Dec 08, 2012

Rolling Stones, DiCaprio to join NY Sandy benefit concert


(REUTERS) - Legendary rock band The Rolling Stones, Twilight star Kristen Stewart and actor Leonardo DiCaprio have joined the line-up for a fundraising concert in New York next week for victims of Hurricane Sandy, organisers said on Friday.

The Stones, who last week launched a five-concert celebration of their 50th anniversary as a band, will take the stage with previously announced stars Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, The Who and others at the Dec 12 concert in New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Another 18 celebrities, including Billy Crystal, Chelsea Clinton, Quentin Tarantino, and Jon Stewart will take part either on stage or in a live telethon, the organisers said in a statement.

The concert, which is already sold out, is shaping up to be one of the biggest United States (US) fundraisers since the October 2001 Concert For New York City organised by McCartney in response to the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on the US.