The largest Atlantic hurricane in diameter, with winds spanning 1,100 miles, Hurricane Sandy swept through the northeastern United States in late October 2012 after causing devastation in the Caribbean and Bahamas. An estimated $60 billion in damage was created by the storm in the United States and at least 253 people were confirmed killed in total.
Many musicians experienced the full force of the hurricane including Joan Jett who witnessed Sandy whilst at her beachside home in Long Beach, New York and wrote about it in her song "Make It Back
." Pretty Reckless suffered a devastating loss in the wake of storm, losing all of their recording equipment after their studio was wrecked. The quartet penned the title track of their second album
during their downtime as the band struggled to regain their footing. A benefit convert, 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City featuring a host of star names, which raised more than $50 million.