Stones: Give 'Em Shelter
The Rolling Stones have been added to the bill for Saturday's hurricane relief special that will air from 8 to 11 p.m. on MTV, VH1 and CMT. "ReAct Now: Music & Relief" will feature live and taped performances and messages to help raise funds for the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and America's Second Harvest, according to mtv.com. "Since we announced this campaign, there has been an incredible outpouring of support from the music and entertainment community," said MTV's Van Toffler. "The affected area hit hard by Hurricane Katrina shares a rich musical and cultural heritage, so it's all the more meaningful that we try to support these massive relief efforts through music and encouraging our audiences to help any way they can."
Other participating artists include Green Day, Kanye West, Neil Young, Rob Thomas, Paul McCartney, Maroon 5, Common, Kelly Clarkson, Motley Crue, Goo Goo Dolls, Sheryl Crow, Dashboard Confessional, John Mellencamp, Brian Wilson, John Mayer, Usher, Audioslave, Melissa Etheridge, Simple Plan and Kid Rock.
"Your first instinct in a situation like this is to say, 'Is there something I can do?' " Thomas told the Associated Press. "New Orleans underwater -- it's just insane."
Joining in will be several artists with ties to the states hardest hit by the hurricane, Louisiana and Mississippi, including the Neville Brothers, Trent Reznor, Lil' Wayne and 3 Doors Down. "It's going to be a great thing," said 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold. "It's going to raise a lot of money. It's going to raise a lot of awareness about how badly help is needed. And all in all it's gonna be a great show."
Ellen's Personal Ties
Speaking of relief efforts, talk-show host and New Orleans native Ellen DeGeneres will launch a fundraising drive during her show tomorrow, encouraging viewers to donate to the American Red Cross. The program, taped Thursday, is dedicated to discussion of Katrina's aftermath. Warner Bros. Entertainment is donating $500,000 to start the fundraising drive and will match viewers' contributions up to another $500,000, according to TVWeek.com.
"New Orleans is my home town, and it's gone," DeGeneres told the New York Daily News last week. "For me, it's pretty heavy." DeGeneres told AP Radio last week that her aunt, who lives in Mississippi, "has lost everything, she has nothing. She grabbed four pictures out of her house. She's lost her entire life."
Also, BET will air "S.O.S.: The BET Relief Telethon" on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The show will feature Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, Diddy, Omarion, Master P, and others. The program is being presented in conjunction with the National Urban League and the American Red Cross.
Master P, head of No Limit records, announced an upcoming benefit recording with artists from rival label Cash Money.
"This storm has brought a lot of people together," he said. "We forget about all the competition."
Diddy said he felt responsible to give because many of those most affected are black. "We are all descendants from each other's families," he said. "When you hear black people say 'brothers' and 'sisters,' it's really true. These are all people that I know I'm related to, somehow, some way, the human race family."
And jazz is lending a hand, too. Wynton Marsalis, Bill Cosby, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall will perform Sept. 17 at the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York.
* Singer Art Garfunkel, who pleaded guilty to marijuana possession last year, has been arrested again on the same charge. Garfunkel, 63, half of the legendary '60s duo Simon and Garfunkel, was pulled over last week by a New York state trooper after running a stop sign near Woodstock, N.Y.
* Jennifer Tilly, an Oscar nominee for her role in the 1994 film "Bullets Over Broadway," has racked up her second win at a major poker tournament. Tilly won the World Poker Tour Ladies Night III on Thursday at the Bicycle Casino near Los Angeles. In June, she won the World Series of Poker's Ladies World Poker Championship.
-- Compiled by Michael Cotterman
from Web and wire reports
Ellen DeGeneres, whose aunt "lost everything" in the hurricane, and Master P will raise funds for the storm victims.