MANHATTAN - The big 12-12-12 concert last night raised millions of dollars for Sandy victims.
The star-studded show went overtime, wrapping up early this morning.
The sold-out show was televised live, streamed online, played on the radio and shown in theaters all over the world. Producers said up to 2 billion people were able to experience it live. The audience's stamina may have depended on their time zone.
"I know you really wanted One Direction," Martin, speaking onstage at 12:15 a.m., said of the popular British boy band. "But it's way past their bedtime. That's why you get one-quarter of Coldplay." Stipe joined him for that band's "Losing My Religion."
The participants, many natives of the area and others who know it well, struck a defiant tone in asking for help to rebuild sections of the New York metropolitan area devastated by the late-October storm. "When are you going to learn," comic and New Jersey native Jon Stewart said. "You can throw anything at us -- terrorists, hurricanes. You can take away our giant sodas. It doesn't matter. We're coming back stronger every time."
Jersey shore hero Springsteen addressed the rebuilding process in introducing his song "My City of Ruins," noting it was written about the decline of Asbury Park, N.J., before that city's renaissance over the past decade. What made the Jersey shore special was its inclusiveness, a place where people of all incomes and backgrounds could find a place, he said.
News 12 Long Island's Elisa DiStefano was at the concert and had a behind the scenes look at the epic event.
Associated Press wire reports contributed to this story.