Aerosmith - Steven Tyler Joins Hurricane Sandy Telethon Line-up
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has signed up to join fellow rockers Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel at a Hurricane Sandy telethon on Friday night (02Nov12) to raise money for the U.S. recovery effort.
The Walk This Way hitmaker was born and raised in New York and he felt compelled to do his bit to boost the fundraiser after meeting up with Bon Jovi backstage at U.S. breakfast show Today on Friday, when they both appeared during separate segments on the programme.
He and his bandmate Joe Perry both agreed to play the telethon on the spot and announced their involvement in the charity event later on Today.
Tyler told host Matt Lauer, who will front the telethon, "I just spoke Jon in the hallway and I can't not do it, I was born in Manhattan, I gotta do this."
Bon Jovi, whose family was caught up in the storm as it lashed his native New Jersey, was one of the first artists to offer up his services for the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together Benefit, and he is confident the affected East Coast states will bounce back from the disaster as residents from across the U.S. come together to support those worst-hit - just like they did after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
He said, "I think as Americans we all come together in these times of need and all feel like we're all New Yorkers in this time of need.
"We've been through it before and we've supported other tragedies and people in other parts of our country feel that if they support us, they know that someday we're gonna be supporting them. People come together in this time."
And Bon Jovi insists it's a lot easier to bring celebrities together for a good cause than most people imagine: "There's usually never a shortage of entertainers willing to help."
All donations made during the telethon will benefit The American Red Cross relief efforts.
The hurricane lashed the Caribbean last week (ends28Oct12) before heading north for America's East Coast. It was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on Monday (29Oct12), but still brought chaos to New York, New Jersey and North Carolina, leaving millions without power. More than 140 lives were lost in the storm.