Jennie Swenton, who attended Wednesday night’s “12.12.12” benefit at Madison Square Garden headlined by Paul McCartney, was interviewed by Beatles Examiner for her thoughts on the show. Jennie and Bob Gannon also contributed pictures to this story. You can find them in the slide show.
She said the excitement started well before the show.
“The Garden was absolutely packed. You could feel the excitement as people got to their seats. Prior to the show beginning, an announcement was repeated a few times asking everyone to take their seats, that the show would begin promptly at 7:30,” she said.
When she asked at the box office as she picked up her ticket, she said she was told the event was sold out.
However, “there were event t-shirts, hoodies, ball caps, and posters for sale in the forecourt of Madison Square Garden, so it was possible to buy these items without having a ticket for the show,” she said. “I bought some T-shirts around 5 p.m. and when I went back an hour later they were sold out of certain sizes already.”
The crowd was thoroughly ready when the show started.
“Not surprisingly, the place went nuts when the show started and Bruce came on. There was a great vibe in the arena. Not sure if it came through on TV (as I haven’t seen the broadcast yet), but there were cheers from the audience as different areas impacted by the storm were mentioned,” she said. “Obviously the Garden was filled with people from New York and New Jersey; I felt like a ‘foreigner’ cheering when my home state of Connecticut was mentioned briefly during the show.”
She said the audience in the section where she was sitting in was enthusiastic throughout the long evening and they all stayed until the end. “After the first couple of hours I kept checking my watch and thinking, ‘how are they going to fit everybody into the show?,’ never suspecting it would end as late as it did. Not that I minded!”
All in all, though, it was a great event, she said.
“It was a very special night and I was glad to be there to see Paul and the other stars, and to support the efforts of the Robin Hood Foundation as they provide aid to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
And she said she got a special souvenir as she left.
“As I was leaving the arena, someone was handing out lanyards that apparently had been created for the event for certain Chase Bank clients. It was an unexpected extra souvenir of an extraordinary concert.”
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