Backstage with Susan Sarandon, Katie Holmes, Brian Williams at the 12-12-12 Concert

Sarandon: That’s a bad answer, right?
Metro: Yeah, kind of.

OK, so it’s a little bit of a stretch to say we were actually “hanging” with all of these people. Our time spent with Katie Holmes was about three seconds. Anyway, these were our favorite moments from backstage at the 12.12.12 concert. Though the concert is over, those wishing to donate money to hurricane relief efforts still can by visiting

Metro asked Susan Sarandon at the beginning of the evening what song she was most looking forward to hearing, with such a great array of performers on the lineup. “Oh, that’s a hard one,” she mused, before concluding, “I don’t know. That’s a bad answer, right?” Though we had to agree, we appreciated her honesty.

Standing next to Katie Holmes and realizing that she is roughly the same height as this reporter.

“That was really weird,” Little Steven told us after playing a 30-minute opening set. “We haven’t played less than three hours ever.”

Later in the evening as the beginning streams of “Helter Skelter” leaked into the telethon area of Madison Square Garden, Sean Lennon excitedly made an exit, hoping to get into the arena to see Paul McCartney play. It was a bit surreal to watch the son of John Lennon play air guitar along to the descending pattern his dad invented on such a classic song.

When the surviving members of Nirvana took the stage with Paul McCartney, it was heartening to watch seasoned journalists in the press room turn into wide-eyed teenagers to see Dave Grohl wailing on a set of drums again.

“Saturday Night Live” cast members were mingling backstage with an enthusiasm that you might think would have diminished over time, as every week they rub elbows with musical guests and celebrity hosts. Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and Bobby Moynihan all made appearances. Moynihan was hilariously in his full “Drunk Uncle” get-up.

Newsman and musical aficionado Brian Williams spoke to Metro briefly, and we’re taking pains to emphasize the brevity of his conversation, because in between making appeals to viewers to donate money, it was simply killing him not to be taking in the musical history taking place within feet of where he was standing. “I’m going to be celebrating my 54th and 55th birthday while this thing is going on,” he joked.


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