What was supposed to be a weekend full of star-studded tsunami-relief efforts was partially curtailed due to a blizzard that blanketed the Northeast in snow.
Pink and Steven Tyler, who were scheduled to record their vocals in New York for a cover of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven," had to cancel their sessions because of the nearly 14 inches of snow that halted activity throughout the city. Recording sessions for the project, which is being helmed by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, were set to take place in both England and the U.S. beginning last Thursday (see "Gwen Stefani, Pink, Osbournes To Record Cover Of 'Tears In Heaven' ").
Sessions for Pink and Tyler have been tentatively rescheduled for next weekend, according to a spokesperson for the project.
Before the storm hit, Virgin Megastores was able to pull off its massive benefit in 20 branches across the country. Dubbed "100 Acts of Support: The Concerts for Tsunami Relief," the event, which took place Thursday, featured artists including Dillinger Escape Plan and Sister Hazel in New York, Ozomatli in Los Angeles, Gomez in San Francisco, and Kenny G in Burbank, California.
Silent auctions of donated memorabilia at each branch helped the chain raise funds for the American Red Cross and other charities.
Overseas, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, hosted acts including headliner Eric Clapton as well as Keane, Snow Patrol, Craig David, Badly Drawn Boy and others.
More than 60,000 people attended the seven-hour charity concert that featured 20 British bands and solo artists. Called Britain's biggest charity concert since 1985's Live Aid, which raised money for African famine victims, the concert was close to raising more than $1.9 million, the show's organizer told The Associated Press.
"It should be mandatory," Damon Gough, a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy, said of participating in relief efforts. "It's everyone's moral obligation to look after your neighbor whether it's your neighbor next door or on the other side of the world. ... You get so used to seeing the news and something bad happens every day and you become slightly immune to it, and when [the tsunami disaster] came on the TV, it was ... I don't think anybody realized how devastating it actually was."
Good Charlotte, Kelly Clarkson, Hoobastank, Simple Plan and Alicia Keys are among the artists slated to perform at the MTV Asia Aid benefit in Thailand on February 3 to raise money for UNICEF and other charities (see "Good Charlotte, Kelly Clarkson, Hoobastank Sign On For MTV Asia Aid Benefit").
For more information on the tsunami-relief efforts, see "Tsunami Relief: What You Can Do To Help."