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Mick Jagger's joke at Sandy benefit causes Twitter controversy

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Mick Jagger has caused controversy on Twitter with a joke about Hurricane Sandy at a benefit gig for the disaster.

Jagger and The Rolling Stones were performing at the 12/12/12 gig at Madison Square Garden alongside Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, The Who and Bon Jovi.

12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, New York: Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones

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The Daily Mail reports that Jagger told a global audience estimated to be around 2 billion: "This has got to be the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden. But I've got to say, if it rains in London, you've got to come and help us, OK?"

Some on Twitter were upset by Jagger's comments, claiming that he was not understanding the severity of the superstorm. Sandy claimed at least 125 lives and left over $70 billion worth of damage.

User @JoMo274 wrote: "I cant believe mick jagger said 'if it rains in London I want you guys to come help us' what a scumbag thing to say. No1 asked for u old bag. (sic)"

@OakParkVandy tweeted: "Anyone else think Jagger's 'if it rains in London, you guys have to help us' line was a bit out of bounds?"

Another user, @dwbohle, tweeted: "Wait wait wait... did Mick Jagger say if it rains in London we should help them? Was it raining during WWII?"

The concert also saw Paul McCartney perform a new song alongside the surviving members of Nirvana, and Michael Stipe duet with Chris Martin.

Watch Stipe and Martin perform at the 12/12/12 concert below:

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