Eagles, No Doubt, Ozzy Lead Artists Rights Benefits
The Eagles, Sheryl Crow, the Offspring, Weezer, and the Dixie Chicks are among the acts that will perform in a series of high-profile concerts to benefit the Recording Artists Coalition's (RAC) artistThe Eagles, Sheryl Crow, the Offspring, Weezer, and the Dixie Chicks are among the acts that will perform in a series of high-profile concerts to benefit the Recording Artists Coalition's (RAC) artists rights activities. Three "Concerts for Artists' Rights" will be held in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif., area simultaneously on Feb. 26 -- the night before the 44th annual Grammy Awards -- and several others are in the works.
The initial lineups for the shows have the Eagles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Dixie Chicks, Stevie Nicks, and Crow at the Los Angeles Forum; No Doubt, the Offspring, and Weezer at the Long Beach Arena; and Ozzy Osbourne, Korn, and others to be announced at the L.A. Sports Arena.
The RAC is planning additional concerts at other Los Angeles venues the same night, one of which will feature Clint Black and Trisha Yearwood, along with other top country artists.
The RAC represents the economic and creative interests of artists on such issues as copyright legislation, interactive digital rights compensation, and recording contracts.
"A lot of us have different backgrounds musically, but we're united on issues that affect our livelihoods and the control of our creative works in the rapidly changing world of music and music distribution," an RAC spokesperson said in a statement. "These concerts will underscore our desire -- and our right -- to determine our future as recording artists. The net proceeds will fund efforts to improve working conditions for all recording artists, regardless of their age, genre or stature in the industry. In order for the creators of music to be able to continue their work, reach their potential audience and be properly compensated, artists need to maintain a place at the table, particularly the legislative table."
Tickets for the events will go on sale in mid-January. For more information on the RAC, visit the organization's official Web site.