TODAY | November 02, 2012
>>> back now at 7:49 with how you can help those affected by sandy.
>> tonight on the networks of nbc universal i'll be hosting a special one-hour concert hurricane sandy, coming together. it will take place here at rockefeller center and feature performances bay bevy of stars, including billy joel , bruce springsteen and the man sitting here right now, jon bon jovi . some of the worst devastation happened in his hometown and his home state. on thursday he had a chance to go home and see the damage and talk to people who had lost just about everything. that couldn't have been easy, john. good morning. nice to see you.
>> no, it was hard, to see your hometown devastated like this and people that i grew up with, my grammer school turned into a shelter. people's homes gone and we're now homeless, never intended to be homeless. hard working blue collar people.
>> the town you grew up in and means so much to you.
>> what do you think it will take to rebuild?
>> well, i think a concerted effort by we, by the collective we. i think as americans we all come together in these times of need and all feel we're all new yorkers in these times of need. we have been through it before and other parts of our country feel if they support us, they know some day we'll be supporting them. people come together in this time.
>> and the call came out, and you obviously jumped in right away. a number of your fellow performers did, too.
>> of course. usually never a shortage of entertainers that will be willing to help.
>> new jersey, such a big part of your life and music, "in and out of love" shot in seaside heights . i know you saw the view from above in the chopper and see what's become of that area.
>> the inner sleeve of the new jersey album was is this the on that boardwalk. i spent my childhood down on that boardwalk. it's gone, it's gone. the entire jersey shore i knew is gone.
>> let me just say something. al mentioned you were overseas. you were in london and i called you on the phone and you were the very first person to say yes. it took you three seconds to say yes. you jumped on a plane and got back here. a lot of other performers will join you tonight.
>> these are our people. this is what we could.
>> you can see hurricane sandy coming together tonight at 8:00 eastern time on the networks of nbc universal and online at nbc.com.
>> and we want to remind you all of this benefits the american red cross relief effort. contribute now by calling 1-800-help-now or text the red cross to 90999 if you want to make a $10