Run-D.M.C. Keeps Busy While Album Is Delayed

While the group's "Crown Royal" album has been pushed back a bit, rap pioneers Run-D.M.C. are keeping busy with a slate of live appearances.

The rap vets will hit the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend for the NBA All-Star Game festivities, which will see the group perform at the NBA's All-Star 2000 event on Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum and turn up at the All-Star Game the following day.

On Monday, Rev. Run, Darryl McDaniels, and Jam Master Jay will head to Las Vegas to help hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and his wife Kimora Lee celebrate the launch of Baby Phat, the new women's offshoot of Simmons' Phat Farm clothing line. The Baby Phat gala takes place February 14 at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The group also plans to play 35 college dates between February 24 and April 29, though a final itinerary has yet to be lined up.

The high-profile appearances come as the release of Run-D.M.C.'s "Crown Royal" has been temporarily put on hold,

according to a representative for the group. When the CD emerges, it will feature appearances from Everlast, Fat Joe, Nas, Mobb Deep, Fred Durst, Kid Rock, Sugar Ray, and Slick Rick.