POSTED: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 5:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 5:19pm
ENTERTIANMENT NEWS (cnn) — Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and more are hoping to lift the spirits of those affected by Sandy while raising donations for relief efforts.
According to a statement, Bon Jovi has pulled out of a European press junket in London to return to the States. "I really need to get back home having spoken to my wife and kids who are stuck in New York. I need to be with my people," he said. "Thankfully, my family is safe."
The New Jersey native is eager to pitch in, noting that many rely on his JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, for food.
"I need to find a generator and get that working. ... We take care of each other, that's what we do," he said. "There is no power, water, the devastation is off the charts. The President is in my hometown in New Jersey because of the damage. It's like Armageddon. Where my children surf, 80 houses burnt down."
Bon Jovi will join fellow Jersey icon Bruce Springsteen in a benefit telethon and concert to raise support for the American Red Cross relief efforts.
NBC Universal's networks - including NBC, E!, Bravo, MSNBC, Style, Syfy, USA, CNBC and G4 - will air the event Friday from 8 to 9 p.m. ET with Matt Lauer on board as host.
"Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" will air live on the East Coast, with a tape delay for the West. (No TV? You can catch the telethon live on NBC.com.)
Christina Aguilera, Billy Joel and Sting will also perform, with appearances from Jimmy Fallon and NBC News' Brian Williams.