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Entertainment news for July 11, 1997

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And you thought this happened only on Beverly Hills, 90210. After prom nights were washed out at Central, Red River, and Community high schools in flood-ravaged Grand Forks, N.D., Soul Asylum came to the rescue. On June 28, the band played an uberprom for the schools at the same Grand Forks Air Force Base that two months earlier had housed 30,000 flood evacuees. The Grand Finale attracted more than 1,200 students in donated gowns and tuxes. Noted Chris Cates, 18, ”It’s like the prom of the century.” Meanwhile the band, which kicked off the bash with an adrenaline-stoking version of Alice Cooper’s ”School’s Out,” basked in its altruism. ”It’s great what we’re doing for them,” lead guitarist Dan Murphy told a press conference. Added lead singer Dave Pirner: ”A kid said that not having an end to their school year, they didn’t have closure to their adolescence. Being in a rock band, I can understand that.”

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