Katrina: More stars step up
-Mr. Congeniality, Kanye West, is joining MTV’s ”ReAct Now: Music & Relief” telethon scheduled for Sept. 10, along with the Rolling Stones, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Audioslave, Simple Plan, Common, John Mayer, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Dashboard Confessional, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Melissa Etheridge, Mötley Crüe, Goo Goo Dolls, Staind, and Alan Jackson. Also added to the bill are several artists with ties to the afflicted area, including Trent Reznor, 3 Doors Down, Cash Money’s Baby and Lil’ Wayne, the Neville Brothers, Marc Broussard, and the Radiators. They join a roster of previously announced artists, including Green Day, Usher, Alicia Keys, and Dave Matthews Band.
-Speaking of West, the New York Post reports that this Friday’s six-network simulcast, ”Shelter for the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast” will air on tape delay, lest anyone vent their unscripted anger as the rapper did on NBC’s telethon on Friday. Um, it’s one thing to use tape delays to guard against profanity or wardrobe malfunctions, but aren’t we crossing into a dangerous area by using them to block politically charged statements?
-Besides the MTV telethon, the Neville Brothers, New Orleans’ first family of music, have several plans in the works for Katrina relief efforts, which they describe to USA Today.
-Big Star’s Alex Chilton had been missing but he got out of New Orleans safely, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
–Ellen DeGeneres dedicated the kickoff of her talk show’s new season on Monday to the relief effort for her hometown.
–Rush Limbaugh is taking his radio act to Broadway for one night, Oct. 18, with the proceeds going to hurricane relief. Dittoheads have already made ”Rush on Broadway” a sold-out event.
–Tyler Christopher, who plays Nikolas Cassadine on General Hospital, is selling bobblehead dolls of himself to raise relief money.