For each of the sold-out shows, five pairs of second-row seats and an autographed, limited-edition poster are up for bid through March 7.

Fans shut out of tickets for Eddie Vedder's first solo tour can still find their way into the shows via a series of charity auctions through Ticketmaster. For each of the sold-out shows, five pairs of second-row seats and an autographed, limited-edition poster are up for bid through March 7.

In addition, a special auction is being held for the April 10 show in Santa Barbara, Calif., including two pairs of front-row seats, two hotel rooms and a post-show meet-and-greet with Vedder. That auction begins Friday (Feb. 29) at 10 a.m. PT, and runs through March 14.

Proceeds from the auctions will benefit a legal defense fund for the West Memphis Three, who are awaiting hearings that may overturn a 12-year-old murder conviction.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







The Used, Straylight Run, Army Of Me and the Street Drum Corps will join forces for the inaugural Rockstar Energy Drink Get a Life Tour, which will visit 25 U.S. college campuses, beginning April 2 in Las Cruces, N.M.

A full itinerary of colleges and venues will be announced shortly, but general admission tickets for the tour will cost between $20 and $25, with discounts available to students in certain markets. Ticket on-sale dates have not yet been announced.

Samsung Mobile is the presenting sponsor for the trek, which wraps May 10 in Tucson, Ariz. The mobile company is currently holding an online battle of the bands contest, where unsigned artists can compete for a slot on the jaunt. Voters are automatically entered into a contest to win $5,000, along with a trip to a show in the tour city of their choice.


-- Mitchell Peters, L.A.







Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana") will host the 2008 CMT Music Awards on April 14. The show, which airs on CMT and CMT.com, will take place at Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University.

The pair, whose single "Ready, Set, Don't Go" recently peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, will also perform on the show.

Previously announced performers on the fan-voted awards show include Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith.


-- Ken Tucker, Nashville