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while on her speak now tour, sold over 13,000 tickets to her tour dress rehearsal and announced she will donate all the proceeds to tornado relief. actor Charlie sheen, who visited the tuscaloosa area, organized torpedosagainsttornados.com, a donation website hoping to raise dollars from the celeb community to help victims from the april storms. Musiq soulchild stopped in birmingham, ala. at the tiny, intimate Vernanda lounge to perform new music off of his new album, Musiqinthemagiq, and announced earlier that day on WbhK-98.7 that proceeds from the ten-dollar cover charge would be donated to tornado relief. it was a small gesture, but one that motivated the music industry to activate their powers to do the same. Music benefits are still popping up by the dozens. the biggest of them all, bama rising, organized by aEg Live, red Mountain Entertainment and possibly an off-shoot of hank Williams, Jr.’s charity event, took off June 14 at birmingham’s bJCC arena in front of a crowd of 13,000 country lovers. scheduled performers included sheryl Crow, alabama, brad Paisley, Martina Mcbride, darius rucker, dierks bentley, rodney atkins and sara Evans. american idol winner taylor hicks and idol finalist bo bice, both natives of alabama, also performed for the benefit concert. other alabama natives including the blind boys of alabama and the Commodores showed up for the one-night affair, adding additional spark and extravagance to the magical moment. Proceeds from the allstar event, now exceeding $2 million, will directly go to the bama rising Fund for statewide tornado recovery. While on the middle of pumping out her performances during her Loud tour, pop goddess rihanna leaps unto her twitter account to post a quick announcement. she tweets: “i just added an aLabaMa tour datE to Loud tour…Monday, July 11th!!! this Concert Will benefit tornado relief Efforts.” the newly-added concert date, titled “From tragedy to triumph,” will precede her stop in atlanta at Chastain Park. Fans in alabama are a bit shocked and ecstatic knowing rihanna is showing compassion to the hard-hit area. immediately after the news broke, commenters sounded off at the birmingham news’ al.com website. some mocked their home-
5 town, while some celebrated the light at the end of the tunnel. 5pointJoe was just one of the commenters that expressed open gratitude. “i think her coming to birmingham would create a breath of emotions, concerns and joys,” he says. “i think she will be touched and moved by the devastation that she is coming to help mend. thanks rihanna, you are beautiful!” tickets prices sold for $15 to $49, a deal compared to Loud’s ticket costs in major metro cities.
ook at a default alabama license plate and you’ll see the patriotic colors of red, white and blue surrounding the mini-slogan of “stars Fell on alabama,” referencing a 1934 jazz classic sung by a parade of stars including dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis armstrong, Mel torme, doris day, Frank sinatra and even Jimmy buffett. Without a doubt on april 27, 2011, tornadoes fell on the great state, but it looked as if the stars weren’t too far behind.
Published on Aug 4, 2011
Published on Aug 4, 2011
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