Beck, Eddie Vedder and Mike Ness are in, and Korn, Ozzy Osbourne and Rob
Zombie are out for the various Concerts for Artists Rights slated for the
night before the Grammys in Los Angeles.
Also no longer scheduled to perform is Elton John his itinerary changed and he will be home in England on February 26, his spokesperson said.
Beck, Pearl Jam singer Vedder and Social Distortion frontman Ness will perform
at a newly announced show at the Wiltern Theatre. The spokesperson for the Recording Artists Coalition, which is organizing the benefits, said the more subdued Wiltern show was the route the organization decided to take for the rock show, rather than the metal lineup of Korn, Osbourne and Zombie.
John was on the bill at the Forum with the Dixie Chicks, the Eagles, Billy
Joel, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow (see "Ozzy, No Doubt, Korn,
Weezer To Play Benefits For Musicians' Rights Group").
The Dixie Chicks will now play at the Universal Amphitheatre with Trisha
Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam and Emmylou Harris. Clint Black, who was originally announced for the country music show, will not be performing. His spokesperson did not immediately return calls.
The Eagles, Billy Joel, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow are still
on as planned, as is the Offspring, No Doubt and Weezer show at the Long
The four concerts will finance the Recording Artists Coalition's ongoing
battle against the record industry. They will be held February 26, the night
before the 44th annual Grammy ceremony.
Last week, Henley, Fogerty, Nicks, Crow, Beck, the Offspring's Dexter Holland
and other members of the Recording Artists Coalition gathered at California's
State Capitol to promote legislation that would allow artists to function
more like free agents (see "Beck, Deftones, Others Rally For Bill That Could
Change Recording Contracts").
Henley and Crow formed the Recording Artists Coalition, which now boasts
more than 100 musicians, in 2000 to lobby for artists' rights (see "Henley,
Petty, Love Urge Artists To Fight The Labels' Power"). Last spring, the coalition's
select members testified before the U.S. Senate on the issue of online