September 7, 2005

Crow, Dixie Chicks among Katrina benefit acts

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sheryl Crow, the Dixie
Chicks, Randy Newman, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys and
Paul Simon will perform during Friday's Hurricane Katrina
benefit organized by the major broadcast networks.

"Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast," a
live, hourlong telecast, will be carried commercial-free by
more than two dozen other cable outlets. In addition to raising
money for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the event will pay
tribute to the rescue and recovery workers who have an arduous
task ahead in cleaning up the devastated regions in Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama.

Cable networks confirmed to participate in the roadblock
telecast include ABC Family, Bravo, E!, TBS, USA Network, FX
and Oxygen.

Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Ray Romano, Jack
Nicholson, Cameron Diaz, Sela Ward and Chris Rock are among the
celebrities slated to appear on the telecast, to be executive
produced by Joel Gallen, who directed many of the same artists
four years ago when he executive produced the post-September 11
"America: A Tribute to Heroes" telethon, which was also
"roadblocked" across dozens of media outlets.

The "Shelter" special also will be carried widely in more
than 95 countries, including most of Europe, the U.K. and Asia.
The Big Four networks have yet to specify where the donations
raised through the telethon will be sent.

The special will originate from Sony studio facilities in
Los Angeles and New York. It will air at 8 p.m. (on tape delay
in the Pacific and Mountain time zones).

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter