Goo Goo Dolls, Hootie, L.L. Cool J Pitch In For MS Benefit

The Goo Goo Dolls and Hootie and the Blowfish have agreed to perform at this year's Rock To Erase MS benefit, slated for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on May 21-22.

On May 21, models and celebrities will take a turn on the runway for Tommy Hilfiger's spring '99 fashion show as the Goos perform, and a spokesperson for the band indicated that the band will probably play about seven songs total, during and after the show.

The second day will feature a 5K walk/run hosted by Hilfiger, model Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and rapper L.L. Cool J, while an evening concert from Hootie and the Blowfish at the Hard Rock venue the Joint will round out the Rock To Erase MS weekend. David Spade is also scheduled to perform that evening, and Jon Lovitz will be on hand to present a special tribute to the late Phil Hartman.

Funds raised during this year's charity event will be donated to the Center Without Walls, an organized group of physicians and scientists from universities across

the country who are researching treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis.

In related news, Goo Goo Dolls singer John Rzeznik is still recovering from a case of bruised vocal cords, which recently caused the band to cancel a week's worth of concerts (see "Goos Cancel Dates Due To Injury...").

Though the Dolls regretted having to pull out of the shows, the band told the MTV Radio Network that it did welcome the brief respite from the road. "That was a God-given week off," explained bassist Robby Takac. "God put His hand, the almighty hand of vacation on us."

"Yeah, I had to keep my mouth shut for five days," Rzeznik added, "which was not easy."

The Goo Goo Dolls are now back out on the road with openers Fastball and will play the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York on May 14.