Katrina: Stars literally offer 'Shelter from the Storm'
-Joel Gallen, producer of tonight’s multi-network ”Shelter from the Storm” hurricane relief telethon, says there’ll be a 30-second tape delay, but only to bleep out profanity; stars who blurt out Kanye West-like political comments won’t have their remarks cut. (West will be performing tonight, but he won’t be a presenter.)
-Some stars are offering actual, not metaphoric shelter. Bo Bice has moved a family into his unused Alabama home (he’s moved to Nashville himself), plans to launch a relief drive (though the URL he announced, BoBiceRelief.com, is already taken) and has written a song called ”We Can’t Change This World,” which he’ll sing when he returns to the American Idol tour on Sunday, its final night, in Syracuse, N.Y. The concert’s proceeds will go toward hurricane relief. Meanwhile, Diary of a Mad Black Woman‘s Tyler Perry, whose parents live in New Orleans, has booked 40 hotel rooms in Atlanta for evacuees. And Sandra Bullock is working with various Austin, Texas-based relief groups to provide supplies and housing for displaced people.
-More benefit concerts are being organized. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s fundraising concert in New York, which will air live on PBS on Sept. 17, will feature Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, Bill Cosby, and Robert De Niro. Dashboard Confessional has three consecutive benefit shows lined up: Sept. 18 (Toronto), Sept. 19 (Chicago), and Sept. 20 (Sayreville, N.J.). Death Cab for Cutie have a benefit concert planned for Sept. 21 in Seattle.
-Other celebs continue to contribute in their own way. The Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan hosted a literary benefit, ”Writers4Relief,” last night in San Francisco. Rosie O’Donnell (above) is donating $3 million, earmarked for emergency child care. The Rolling Stones are donating $1 million of their tour proceeds to the Red Cross. And Cosby, Carol Burnett, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Tony Danza, and Alyssa Milano are among the old-time TV stars doing public service announcements for Katrina relief on TV Land and Nick at Nite. Wait, Alyssa Milano? Who’s the Boss? qualifies the Charmed star as an old-timer?