Tonic, Sugar Ray To Headline Benefit Gigs

Tonic and Sugar Ray have both signed on to headline separate benefit concerts in California which will be held later this month in Los Angeles and Santa Ana, respectively.

On February 10, Tonic will join Dishwalla, The Wallflowers' guitarist Mike Ward, Sheryl Crow guitarist Jeff Trott, and ex-Brad frontman Jeremy Toback for a show at L.A.'s Hard Rock Café honoring the late Josh Clayton-Felt.

Clayton-Felt died on January 19 in L.A. from complications related to cancer, and is perhaps best remembered for his work in the Boston-based group School of Fish, who enjoyed a minor hit in the early '90s with "Three Strange Days."

After the band dissolved in 1994, Clayton-Felt released three other solo albums, including last year's self-issued "Beautiful Nowhere." The singer-songwriter had completed an LP for A&M Records titled "Too Cool For This World," but the album had been put on the shelf following Universal's acquisition of A&M.

Proceeds from the Hard Rock Café

show will be donated to the City Of Hope teen center in Duarte, California, a facility that seeks to prevent, treat, and cure cancer and other life-threatening diseases through innovative research and patient care.

Sugar Ray, on the other hand, will be taking to the stage on February 20 at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana to help raise funds for one of the band's friends, Rob Hillis, who suffered a series of debilitating strokes late last year.

That show will mark Sugar Ray's last American date for the next few months, as the band then plans to head to Australia in March for a two-week tour with Live.

-- David Basham

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